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A new twist. I will donate a frag pack of at least 4 things. I will not tell you what they are but I will give you a good representation of all the basics, except fish and invertebrates. Instead of just saying share the love, you need to give me one tip that could be put in the TFT cookbook about tank maintenance, etc. I will draw a name on February 25th. Here is an example of what a tip would look like:

 

Dose 1 drop of Lugols solution per 38 gal of water each day to keep iodine levels to a sufficient level.

 

 

Thanks people. I promise you won't be disappointed. I will throw in one high end zoo!

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Maintenance Schedule

Daily: Water temp, water level,look for leaks, empty protein skimmer

 

Weekly: salinity, PH, nitrates, clean protien skimmer, scrape glass

 

Monthly: Clean any filters, water change

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If you get a sudden outbreak of algae, check your PO4 levels and also check your bulbs. For example, if you are using MH bulbs and they are 8-12 months old, its probably time to change them.

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You can drop frozen food chunks on the back of Koralia pumps to feed your tank. As it dissolves the food shoots across your tank, making your fish swim around to eat, and also provides less active or shy fish a chance to get some food.

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These are awesome. Keep it up. I would also like some home made recipe concoctions!!! Like Mrs Fields pickling lime, etc.

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Soak your food with garlic (I use the Garlic Xtreme by Kent) so that your fish are more willing to eat well and it helps with their slime coats to keep parasites off too I believe.

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Soak coraline covered powerheads in a 1/4 vinegar 3/4 water solution overnight. This will make the coraline as soft as butter and you can easily wipe it off with a towel. I have done this countless times, it is amazing how well it works.

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always check fish and livestock for signs of stress or illness: this can be a good indicator that something is off on the parameters. if the illness is present, diagnose accordingly, and promptly make an action plan.

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Always dip new corals in some sort of reef safe pest control, especially zoanthids

 

Clean your filter socks and skimmer weekly, whether you feel they need it or not-this hobby is about husbandry

 

do not make your "reef products" to save money, invest in a proven product unless you know better than others

 

Invest in a poly screen net to cover your tank, usually one fish that jumps and dies will pay for that intial investment

 

Keep covers/screens on maxi jets and other powerheads if you have small fish etc-you dont want reef chowder made from them

 

Test your water params weekly, (bi-monthly), if you must (dependiong on livestock I guess)

 

there are a few before I run off to work-

 

more to come

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When doing maintenance do not forget about your sump and refugium. Make cleaning the detritus out of your sump part of your routine care.

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make sure to wash off any lotions, perfumes or soaps before putting your hands and arms in the tank! Those things can be toxic to the tank.

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Use a household turkey baster (designated for tank only use) to blow debris and algae off your rocks before your water change, if you have stuck on algae that will not blow off use a clean toothbrush to gently scrub the area (again this tooth brush is for tank use only!)

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~Never put water from a LFS or any other tank into your tank.

 

~Add 1 drop of Kent Iodine per 25 gallons of water weekly to help inverts molt easier. Soft corals appreciate this also.

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These are awesome ideas. I would add to raise alkalinity add a tablespoon of Baking Soda each day until desired levels are reached. (I will give this credit to Lowman) I asked him last nite what to do. Keep em coming. I will get one of my students to make some type of handbook. It would be cool if we could set up a data base on the web site where people could access this info. On the computer is much easier to access then a book.

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Grounding probes are extremely helpfull for picking up stray voltage that may come off pumps, powerheads, heaters or any other gadgetry your tank may include.

and all probes need to me maintained like any other piece of equipment.

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