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Old 07-26-2009, 09:37 PM   #21
 
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a 50% water change is to large of a change. i personally only do about 5 or so gallons on my tank and we'll say its about a 100 gallon total water volum which is only a 5-10% change. you would be better off doing a few smaller water changes more frequent then to do less often larger changes.
infact, if you properly setup your tank, you shouldnt have to perform a water change to remove nitrates but to rather only replenish trace elements that have been consumed in your tank. this is benificial to both corals and fish.

as for macro algaes, is there a reason you wish to grow your own? if your looking for a cheap way to feed the tangs, asian food stores sell like 50 sheet seaweed packs cheap ( the kind they use for sushi ) which your tangs shouldnt have a problem eating. if your going to grow a macro algae, i suggest just doing chaeto in your refugium for nutrient absorbing.

as for the moorish idol, look into long fin banner fish as they have a similiar look.
as for the red sea max as a QT, ofcourse it will work but it wont be much of a "display" for another room while being use as a QT. the tank is best bare bottom, with a few peices of PVC pipe for hiding so it wont be very pretty to look at. its also best to put it in a low traffic area as to not stress out the fish.
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:39 PM   #22
 
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I agree with OF2F on the water changes. I usually use the alkalinity & calcium tests as a good indicator of when my systems are in need of a water change. If alkalinity is low and calcium is normal to high, then I see that as an indicator that there is a trace element deficiency. At this point, i might change 5% of the water. It is rare that I ever change more than 10% in a single month, except for on my Q tank.

In fact, my 180 has been running for 4 months and I just mixed up my first 5 gallon batch of water for a 2% water change tomorrow. I will probably change 5 gallons every other week, depending on test results.
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:52 PM   #23
 
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+1 back at ya.
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Old 07-28-2009, 07:59 AM   #24
 
Thanks for the help everyone! Just one more question, what should the GPH be on a 202 gallon tank? This is for a tank in the office. I plan to keep sps, clams, lps, softies...etc
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Old 07-29-2009, 06:08 PM   #25
 
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My main concern is how most of those Tang species are gonna get along. I guess considering the size of the tank (dependiing on the size of the fish initially) you should be fine, but most of those Tang species are very territorial towards each other mostly (particularly the Soh, IME). I agree that the Copperband and especially the Moorish Idol should be allowed first dibs in the tank in regards to all the middle and top column species.

Sounds like you're gonna have a lot of fun introducing your community.
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Old 07-29-2009, 06:18 PM   #26
 
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Ahhh..... you just asked a question that you did not know you asked!

However, a Q tank is not an option, it is necessary for success.

OR, only deal with a Fish dealer that you have dealt with for a long time and have absolute faith that they have had the fish for a little while, and have maintained a progress report on the fish since its introduction into the shops tank (did I say that right? lol). Anyway, I don't have any quarantine tanks at all and I've been a hobbyist for years (but then again, when I have my eye on a fish that I want to purchase, that is new to the dealers that I frequent, I will put a small deposit on the fish, and watch it at the shop for about a week or two [health-wise, eating habits, etc.] and then after that time, I will purchase the fish and introduce it to my community).

So I guess that constitutes a quarantine scenario.

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Old 07-29-2009, 07:02 PM   #27
 
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OR, only deal with a Fish dealer that you have dealt with for a long time and have absolute faith that they have had the fish for a little while, and have maintained a progress report on the fish since its introduction into the shops tank (did I say that right? lol). Anyway, I don't have any quarantine tanks at all and I've been a hobbyist for years (but then again, when I have my eye on a fish that I want to purchase, that is new to the dealers that I frequent, I will put a small deposit on the fish, and watch it at the shop for about a week or two [health-wise, eating habits, etc.] and then after that time, I will purchase the fish and introduce it to my community).

So I guess that constitutes a quarantine scenario.
This approach is very possible for someone with a lot of experience in this hobby and a keen eye for selecting healthy fish. For the everyday hobbyist, a quarantine tank is essential.

By the way, welcome to the forum. If you get a chance, you should post some pictures of your tanks in the "Pictures & Videos" area.
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:56 PM   #28
 
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This approach is very possible for someone with a lot of experience in this hobby and a keen eye for selecting healthy fish. For the everyday hobbyist, a quarantine tank is essential.

By the way, welcome to the forum. If you get a chance, you should post some pictures of your tanks in the "Pictures & Videos" area.
That makes sense.

I am looking to post some pics asap. Gotta get the stupid link cable to my camera, then I'll post em. Older camera with no SD card . Thanks for the welcome!
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