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20 Jan 2017 13:14 #1 by Hicker12 (Stephen Hickey)
Hi all,

This may be a little controversial but i have a question.

Ok so as some of you may know i setup a Red Sea Reefer 425xl before X-mas. The tank ran for 1 week no stock, then on the 8th day i got 2 clown fish and added ATM colony. Since then i have been testing water parameters every 2 to 3 days and have added a 6 line wrasse and 2 corals. I have not done any water changes since the tank was setup.

My parameters are:

Ammonia: 0.00
DKH: 8.1
Phosphate: 0.04
Nitrate: Undetectable on Salifert test kit
Nitrite : Undetectable on Salifert test kit
PH: 8.1
S.G: 1.025

So my question is with stable water parameters like these should i do water changes? All opinions are welcome. I know i cant test for everything with home test kits but i will be doing a Triton Labs ICP test in the next few weeks.

Thanks,
Stephen.

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28 Jan 2017 05:34 #2 by Mc Paul (Paul)
Replied by Mc Paul (Paul) on topic No water changes?
Hi.
Nitrite and ammonia 0 level show that your filtration is working well for current amount of fish quantity. Which is good. You can increase your fishes population in your tank.

Water change is only about parameters you can control by home taste kit even ICP.
Don't waste money with ICp test now. ICP test can be useful after 6-12 months. The price is about 1/2 bucket of salt, or 8x25ltr cans of prepared salt water. But for the same price much better to do water change instead ICP-OES test.

At this stage your tank is new, not so necessary to make water change. If you wish to use no water changes method I would recommend you to google classic Balling method, Tropic Marine Centre (TMC) still produce sets.

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01 Feb 2017 10:47 #3 by Hicker12 (Stephen Hickey)

Mc Paul wrote: Hi.
Nitrite and ammonia 0 level show that your filtration is working well for current amount of fish quantity. Which is good. You can increase your fishes population in your tank.

Water change is only about parameters you can control by home taste kit even ICP.
Don't waste money with ICp test now. ICP test can be useful after 6-12 months. The price is about 1/2 bucket of salt, or 8x25ltr cans of prepared salt water. But for the same price much better to do water change instead ICP-OES test.

At this stage your tank is new, not so necessary to make water change. If you wish to use no water changes method I would recommend you to google classic Balling method, Tropic Marine Centre (TMC) still produce sets.


Hi, Thanks for the reply. Tank still going well, Po4 has come up a little to 0.06 so yesterday i added 100g rowaphos into a filter sock. Will check Po4 again at the weekend. Also forgot to mention i am adding NoPox at 3ml a day.

I will hold off the ICP test your rite no point wasting money.

Thanks,
Stephen.

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