Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 18
  1. #1
    Moderator Krugar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    3,174

    Where's the line on partials?

    Just something I've noticed:

    There seems to be 3 major periods for water changes in SW tanks.

    <= 20G is IMHO is a nano & gets changed weekly.

    >= 180 is a "Large Tank" & I think the average there is monthly.


    Somewhere inbetween is a bi-weekly schedule.

    Are there actual "lines" there or is it just a matter of learning when your tank needs a partial?

    Cheers!

  2. #2
    Senior Member Fisherman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Posts
    1,408
    i change my water in my 20g once a month.. i have a oversized skimmer that keeps most stuff in check..

  3. #3
    Moderator Krugar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    3,174
    I'm looking too see if there's a rule of thumb.

    Did you start off doing a monthly partial on your 20, or did you fall into that over time? How did you decide on a month? Was it testing or arbitrary?

    Cheers!
    There is nothing so permanent as a temporary measure.

  4. #4
    Senior Member Fisherman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Posts
    1,408
    Well truth be told.. when i first started the tank.. i decided every 20th of each month is my maint day.. i used to test but stopped along time ago lol..

    i don't believe you need to do to many Water changes.. Corals and some other filter feeders enjoy somewhat dirty water..

    aswell my 20g on has 2 little clown fish in the tank lol.. and softies and LPS..

    and my protein skimmer is rated up to 75g.. says 100g but i think they always add more then the skimmers can chew..

  5. #5
    Moderator Krugar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    3,174
    I've got to see your set up

    The skimmer is in a sump?

    I think you're way into the exception side though.. I'd be interested in a poll, but to get the info I needed I'd have to have 2 questions:

    What's your tanksize & how often do you do a partial.

    Might be an interesting corraltion...

    Cheers!
    There is nothing so permanent as a temporary measure.

  6. #6
    Senior Member Fisherman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Posts
    1,408
    My tank is 24x12x16
    lighting is 2x 65w PC 1 10k & 1 actinic
    25# live rock
    2.5" crushed coral substrate
    tank sits at 79
    not a clue on parimeters.. except salt.. and ph..

    ph 8.3
    salinity 1.025

    my tank is a xenia growing farm lol... it grows like nuts in my tank..

  7. #7
    Senior Member mickyfin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    637
    I heard xenia grows well in tanks with more phosphate levels then what an SPS reef might shoot for...

    I grow Xenia like crazy too in my 30 gal, and hair algae grows well too :-P
    Don't Panic Feel free to visit my blog -> Internet Tough Guy.

  8. #8
    Senior Member mickyfin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    637
    As to water changes, there really is no set forumla...

    For example if you have a lagoonal type reef, you may be able to get away with less than stellar water quality.

    If you run an extremely clean tank, you may be able to get away with supplimentaiton to replace trace elements.

    Really it's personal and depending on the type of corals you keep, I've read about people on RC who haven't changed water in 3-6 YEARS.

    I wouldn't advise it though!
    Don't Panic Feel free to visit my blog -> Internet Tough Guy.

  9. #9
    Senior Member Fisherman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Posts
    1,408
    3-6 years yikes.. i do it once a month. and im happy with that..

    i also do 25% a pop..

  10. #10
    Moderator Krugar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    3,174
    I didn't expect there to be a formula, but am I out to lunch with my observation that it seems the smaller your tank the more fequent your water changes (on average)?
    There is nothing so permanent as a temporary measure.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. on-line
    By Nicole Cozac in forum Just Getting Started
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 11-09-2010, 02:56 PM
  2. New In Line TDS Meter
    By swiseman in forum Lighting, Filtration & Other Equipment
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-06-2006, 12:18 AM
  3. Loc Line
    By ShipWreck in forum Just Getting Started
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 05-21-2005, 09:20 PM
  4. Loc-Line?
    By Toooloud in forum Reef Discussion
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 11-16-2003, 05:31 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •