12-27-2008, 06:17 PM
| || | Thanks for the reply... we were only doing the 50% water changes because the nitrates were 160+ and we needed to get them down fast. I did know that is too drastic for a reef but good to know its better to do the smaller water changes with how we have it now. We actually have two protein skimmers one is each sump. One is a berlin rated for 250gal and I forget what brand the other is but it looks about the same size. Sand bed is a mixture of sand and crushed coral about 4 inches deep. I'm bad at estimating how much live rock but I'd guess we have close to 200lbs from the person we bought it from with about 150 more that we're curing right now and plan to add some of that in when its ready. I don't think we're over-feeding. We feed 2-3 times per day and they always eat it all in less than 2 minutes. Are you recommending a 10% water change every week to get the nitrates lower or is that for maintenance? The person we got the tank from said she did a 20% change every 3-4 weeks but admitted her nitrates ran high.
Originally Posted by Kellsindell
You should do water changes every week, but only 10%. 50% is huge and it could stress your fish out quite a bit and when you do get corals, it'll stress them out even more-so.
Get a product then to clean it and "cured" live rock into there. Do you have a skimmer?(what kind) how deep is the bed? (4-5in, deep sand bed is best) how much live rock do you have now? how heavy are you feeding?