New to Middle Tennessee but not Reef Tanks

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  1. Timothy McMeans

    Timothy McMeans Member MTRCMember

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    Hmm I haven't had to dose the new tank yet but I would have done it like what you just mentioned I will make sure not to do that. I can't for the life of me remember how I did the old tanks.

    I am sure if I keep adding corals I will have to start dosing soon
     

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    It's like riding a bicycle. You'll remember it all very soon. When I started back in, it took me a bit to start remembering things what i used to do. I'm going to start dumping the chemicals down the overflow instead from now on.
     
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    Hmm down the overflow sounds like a good idea. Gets mixed well in there before returning to the tank.
     
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    Couple weeks ago I added 2 more fish to go with the firefish a royal gramma and 6 line wrasse. Then got 2 cleaner shrimp. I also got some other corals from fish store in Columbia and some others from a friend in New Jersey.

    The green candy cane and zoa polyps were from Columbia and the Kenya tree and green mushrooms from the friend.

    Been meaning to post that on here.

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    MikeyTN Active Member MTRCMember

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    It's looking good. Just setup my RO/DI system making water right now. Had to disassemble a skimmer to clean cause it wasn't working properly but it is now. Had to recalibrate the eheim 300w heater cause it was over heating but it's working good now. Trying to get the aggressive tank ready for the new fishies that's coming soon.
     
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    I need to get an rodi unit soon. Been going to Walmart and getting distilled water for now. They think I am crazy when I buy 30 gallons at a time.

    How often do you clean your skimmer main unit and how often clean the collection cup?
     
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    It says to clean it every 2 months. But this is a used unit I bought from someone else. I didn't cleaned it first when I put it in. Some debris got sucked in but it wasn't working right to begin with so I took it apart and the air part was plugged. I clean the collection cup as needed.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I have been cleaning the collection cup every 4 days or so. I guess I need to look into cleaning the main unit and pump for it. Also the main return pump.

    Need to make it a scheduled thing like every 2 to 3 months for it all or something like that.

    Any thoughts?
     
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    Yes cause it'll help everything work better and last longer. It's time to clean my other tank skimmer cause I'm about that time period already.
     
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    Sounds like a plan I will set reminders in my phone to keep track of when to do it. I am 2 months into this new tank so far. So this weekend will be a good time to start this cleaning cycle.
     
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    I'm on my 3rd month into the new tank. One week into the second.
     
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    This is an old picture of the tank but I did a custom built stand and canopy for this tank.

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    I was able to clean some of the pumps this weekend so couple months from now do it all over again
     
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    That was several nights ago but I have a lamp near by and the dark reflection making hard to see the tank.
     
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    Very nice looking one day my tank will get there
     
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    The tank is mostly purple now. The coraline is growing like mad. You'll get there in no time. Like I've said before this tank is only 3 months old.
     
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    I know once it starts to grow it grows fast!!

    At least that is what past experience has been with me.
     
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    Absolutely! Just all of a sudden everything is turning purple. Placed some new rocks I found in my basement into the tank and they're turning purple too. I kept some rocks from before long ago.
     
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    No purple yet in the tank. I know my last big tank took about 6 months before it took off. I was hoping this one would of been faster.

    Going on 3 months now
     
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