Beginner Saltwater Aquarium Weekly Maintenance

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I have been getting asked a lot of question form new reefers on what all is involved in maintaining a saltwater reef tank. Yesterday i decided to film my "weekly" routine of maintenance to give a good overview of what all is involved in maintaining a reef tank.

Below are my general weekly steps

1. Prepare/mix your salt water
2. Refill your top off water with RODI water
3. Check salinity of tank/ top off water to verify it matches (i use 1.025 specific gravity)
4. Add new saltwater to the tank/sump (if its a large tank!) With a small tank drain out the water first
5. Vacuum a small section of the sand bed until I have removed as much was as i have added.
6. If you dose, check your Calcium/Alkalinity containers to ensure you are not running low.
7. Change out the filter socks if you run them.
8. Test your tank parameters and ensure everything is in check

If you guys have any other great tips be sure to add them below!

 
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- Check for build up on your powerheads and floats/switches
- For HOB Filter, rinse your filters with old tank water

Good call

Another tip. - if you use a strainer on your drainpipe check that it's not getting clogged up with algae or anything else .. clean If needed!
 

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