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post #121 of 179 Old 05-14-2013, 01:36 PM
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It wont kill the bacteria in it if i do that everyday?
Personally I would take it out. Your tank will have more than enough bacteria in the sand and rock to supplement any bacteria loss from rinsing that pad twice a day.

I am deadset against pads, socks or anything that catches and holds detritus. They are Nitrate factories and are detrimental to Alkalinity and overall Water Quality. I personally like running just a Protein Skimmer, Deep Sand Bed and Live Rock.



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post #122 of 179 Old 05-14-2013, 10:37 PM
No need to clean it every day. Every week is a must. You do not worry about bacteria and growth with this. You just want to keep it clean. Everyday is overboard.
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Thanks, I added a daylight LED to the refugium. Running it opposite my tank light. Also how long does it take for fire and ice zoas to open after being put in a new tank?
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Give them a few days to acclimate.

The daytime LED opposite the DT will help keep your pH stable. Good move.
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Give them a few days to acclimate.

The daytime LED opposite the DT will help keep your pH stable. Good move.
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the lights were a DIY project im really proud of, and they are super bright, they bleed into the tank just a tidbit and it looks like moonlight, avery soft shimmer effect. As for the LED's a friend gave me a strip of led's but i had to wire them up myself, had to cut and wire an ac adapter then tape it up nice and tight with electrical tape.
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Upgrading! Need Advice

I got a 15 gallon tank now, Whats the process for moving everything from the 8 gallon to the new tank. Will it need to recycle?
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I got a 15 gallon tank now, Whats the process for moving everything from the 8 gallon to the new tank. Will it need to recycle?
The disruption might cause a small cycle. Your tank isn't overly established and some of that beneficial bacteria could die off in the move. There is also a good possiblity that if your work is hasty, that there will not be a cycle and everything goes fine.

I would move the equipment (Skimmer and Refugium) over to establish some beneficial bacteria in the new tank. I would then move the rock and sand. Keep the circulation pump in the current tank for gas exchange and test the new tank before you move the fish and livestock over. Once you know that you aren't going to mini-cycle (you should know by the end of the first day) and everything is testing the same as it was in the current tank, move over the fish and livestock.



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The disruption might cause a small cycle. Your tank isn't overly established and some of that beneficial bacteria could die off in the move. There is also a good possiblity that if your work is hasty, that there will not be a cycle and everything goes fine.

I would move the equipment (Skimmer and Refugium) over to establish some beneficial bacteria in the new tank. I would then move the rock and sand. Keep the circulation pump in the current tank for gas exchange and test the new tank before you move the fish and livestock over. Once you know that you aren't going to mini-cycle (you should know by the end of the first day) and everything is testing the same as it was in the current tank, move over the fish and livestock.
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