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    Changing salt brands

    Which tank? I do have a few acros in the 29 along with branching and plating montis along with birdsnest. I'm aware that there is a risk hence the thread. I want to make sure I've got a good plan together before making any changes. The 14 I'm not too worried about as that is just soft and lps corals. They will no doubt
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    Changing salt brands

    If I'm reading this right it's probably fine if I just use up the rest of the reef crystals, then when I go to move everything from the smaller ( 14 gallon) tank to the bigger one it should be fine to set it up with the Red sea salt.
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    Changing salt brands

    Okay so revised battle plan. Since increasing the amount of the new salt while decreasing the old has potential to cause rather than solve problems. I have two tanks so I'm thinking switch them over one at a time. Tank one is a 29 gallon with 10 gallon sump ( holds about 6 gallons) mixed reef with sps, lps and soft coral. Instead of the weekly 5 gallon waterchanges I usually do I do smaller 2 gallon waterchanges three days apart using the new salt. During this time I take kalkwasser drip offline and monitor levels ( calcium, alkalinity, magnesium). Once levels balance out at the new parameters and stay in the same range for I can go back to normal schedule and adjust kalkwasser dosing for the tanks needs. Tank two is 14 gallon with hang on back filter/skimmer, soft and lps only. This tank only get 2-3 gallons every other week and is going to be upgraded to a 29 in a few weeks, I'll keep using reef crystals in that one for now. When the move to the bigger tank happens filter, rock and sand will all move, and dry rock (reef saver) and sand will be added to the established rock and sand. The question here is do I use reef crystals when setting the new one up for the switch then switch it over to the new salt after a few weeks of monitoring for any fluctuations or unlikely mini cycle. Or would it be better to kill two birds and set up the new tank with the Red sea salt right off the bat then monitor for any issues that might arise?
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    Changing salt brands

    By "mixes differently" do you mean like the amount needed to reach my target salinity will be different, or that they won't dissolve the same and one could cause the other to not dissolve fully?
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    Changing salt brands

    So went to one of the fish stores I shop at to get some filter socks and salt. Just my luck they didn't have the socks I need and they were out of the 50 gallon bags of Instant ocean reef crystals salt that I've been using in my tank, all they had was either the small 10 gallon box or the big 200 gallon that was too much to try to store for my little tanks. But they did have Red sea coral pro That I had thought about switching to down the road so after thinking it over a bit I ended up grabbing a bucket. So looks like I'll be switching over to the Red sea salt. The thing that worries me a bit is in one of my tanks I have sps corals, and the tank seems to have balanced out aroun 6 dkh ( tried to get that to 7 dkh but no luck) and the Red sea is almot twice that. I do have about half a bag of reef crystals left, so I was thinking of using part Red sea and part reef crystals to mix up water when I do water changes. Basically since 5 gallons uses about 2.5 cups of salt to get a specific gravity of .025 I would mix a few batches with .5 cup Red sea and 2 cups reef crystals. After a few waterchanges I'll use 1 cop Red sea and 1.5 for the next few and so forth, till I'm only using Red sea. During the switch I'll shut my kalkwasser drip off, and test calcium, magnesium and alk before and after waterchanges and atleast two more times a week. Does this sound like a good plan or is there a better way to make the switch?
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    Anyone else find it relaxing ?

    Not well hidden lol
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    Anyone else find it relaxing ?

    I just re homed a brackish puffer for much the same reason, maintaining the tank was turning into a chore and was becoming the only time I spent with the tank. On the up side he went to someone that had an 80 with a 40 mangrove fuge owned by someone more than capable of giving him a good life. The guy that got him works at a fish store I frequent so I can ask how he's doing. Plus one of my reefs that I'm more focused on gets an upgrade to a bigger tank, that I really only need powerheads, some more rock and sand and different bulbs to make happen.
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    Anyone else find it relaxing ?

    Yep, that cord is getting annoying hanging there turns into replumbing the whole tank lol I find it hard to sleep without the sound of something running too. My loudest tank is actually at the foot of my bed.
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    Anyone else find it relaxing ?

    I've noticed that whenever I have a stressful day at work I come home and spend time with one of my tanks. Usually doing things like testing, waterchanges or cleaning the glass and equipment. Somehow it always seems to calm me down. So I wonder if anyone else does this too?
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    Low tech dirty gutter punk reef

    Thought it would be nice to have a before pic and share what the tank looked like before the move.
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    Low tech dirty gutter punk reef

    dFirst for a bit of background. Back in January of this year I started my first reef tank, a 14 gallon tank I got as a kit when I first got into keeping freshwater fish about 13 years ago. I used a coralife marine filter/skimmer for filtration and lighting is the original hood with two 8 inch screw in 50/50 compact fluorescent bulbs. I started the tank because I had a 29 gallon low end brackish tank housing a green spotted puffer that I was trying to do as a planted tank, but despite all my reserch and careful plant selection it failed to stay planted. As salinity rose up to mid range brackish ( .01- .015 ) I fond myself looking at a barren tank with nothing more than a branch and a few rock for decoration, T5HO lights, a now useless co2 system and soil capped with eco complete for subsatrate. Now looking for other options to plant the tank I started to look at the saltwater end. After finding a few threads of people using, well attempting to use macro algea in higher brackish systems I decided to give it a try. Not having any experience with macros or full marine for that matter I decided it would be a good idea to use the 14 gallon as a small planted reef tank to get some experience before trying to adapt macros to a lower salinity. Being that I now had a reef tank after over a decade of wanting to and for one reason or another it never coming together I couldn't resist getting a few corals, a few became a few more which lead to finding a new fish store, then to lack of real estate and finding mistakes with my first reef that lead to my second reef ( The one in my other tank journal ) and sps, lol. As things progressed with the second reef tank I noticed that the first reef was doing better when I wasn't messing with it all the time. I also found the puffer tank was becoming more of a chore to maintain ( 50% waterchanges weekly, cleaning up leftover food and shells after feeding and maintaining a feeder snail culture) and I really wasn't spending any time with it other than maintaining it. That added to cost and plans to get into an apprenticeship program lead me to thinking about rehoming the puffer. Out of a stroke of luck conversations with a fish store employee lead me to find out he was looking for one, but not having any luck finding a healthy one. Better yet he has an 80 gallon brackish tank with a 40 gallon mangrove refugium the puffer could be moved to if needed. He even offered to trade some frags for it ( I might have a bit of a coral addiction ) which pretty much sealed it. So now I have an empty 29 with a twin tube T5HO light and heater, I also have a filter/skimmer rated for 30 gallons on a 14 gallon reef, along with a finnex hang ot back box I could use for a refugium. Didn't take long for the idea of combining the two to enter my head. The plan is to clean the bigger tank and repaint the back wall black. Then build a simple stand for it out of 2x3's and possibly 1x4 boards. I'll get some new bulbs for the light, two sun sun circulation pumps, more rock and sand. First the bigger tank will be placed on the stand fillded with water and salt mix, the heater and circulation pumps will mix the water. Once I have the water mixed to .025, Corals, fish and clean up crew will be placed in a "temporary holding tank" ( bucket ) while making the move. First I'll move the live rock from the small tank adding in dry rock, using epoxy or superglue to hold it together. Then take the sand from the small tank rinse it in old tank water, mix it with dry sand and add to tank. After that the filter, coral, fish and inverts will be moved to the tank. At that point I'll monitor the parameters and let everything settleidn for a few weeks. I'm hoping this is a good plan but open suggestions if anyone has any.
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    Refugium Lighting: Feit Electric Grow Bulb

    I had the smaller version for a bit over a month and it didn't really seam to do much of anything other than grow tons of dino. I switched it out for a 5000k bulb to see if that works better. I don't know about the one your talking about but the one I have says it's 3300k in fine print on the side.
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    Coralife marine filter/ skimmer

    I was wondering if anyone else has experience with this filter? I've been running one on a 14 gallon and aside from being a bit loud (which I can live with) it's worked great. But I'm curious how acurate the 30 gallon rating is? Would it work on a 29 gallon tank? I'm asking because I have a 29 gallon brackish tank housing a green spotted puffer that I've been planning to rehome because it's alot of work to take care of, betwee 50% weekly waterchanges and maintaining a feeder snail culture. I'm working on getting into an apprenticeship program that Will take up alot of my time. Being that the 14 has been thriving as a low maintenance reef I had thought about moving it up to the 29.
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    Buying RODI vs Making

    Years back I had the nitrate levels in my tap suddenly go from 0 to 100 ppm. I found myself spending about 60 bucks a month on waterchanges in two planted freshwater tanks. At that point I decided ro was the best option and got an ro buddy, soon after I rigged the system up to fill a big garbage can and since then I've never been able to go back. Hard to let go of having that much control of your water supply. If something is off I can work my way back to the source and fix it.
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    Do you dose your nano tanks?

    My 14 gallon which is just a few soft and lps corals one fish, small urchin, pepermint shrimp and some macros with a skimmer/ filter combo and scrwe in 50/50 bulbs started to thrive when I stopped messing with it. So now I just change a few gallons of water and clean equipment every other week and leave it at that. My 29 gallon mixed reef that's leaning towards sps dominate is currently getting kalkwasser dosed with a basic dripper at an 1/8th tsp over three days and aquavitro fuel once a week. But I'm sure things will change as it progresses. I've been adding phytoplankton in hopes of getting healthy pod populations in both but don't count that as dosing.