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  1. reefnJeff

    reefnJeff Pajama Cardinal

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    ohhh! I need to try that, one of my powerheads you can't even tell its black, its 95% covered in pink, i'm sure that has to be effecting the efficiency of it.
     
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  3. NanaReefer

    NanaReefer Fu Manchu Lion Fish

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    1 cup heated up (hotter the better) vinegar to 2 cups water-let soak for a couple hours and cha ching!! Like new :)
     
  4. Biocube

    Biocube Giant Squid

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    I'd join in but this software doesn't support Mac.. :(
     
  5. Mr._Bond

    Mr._Bond Feather Duster

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    If we are just talking monthly, here's what I do:
    - Replace filter media
    - Clean power heads and return pump
    - 25% - 30% water change (water changes every other week - will be adjusting this to every week for a bit because of some algae problems. I do larger changes monthly)
    - Inspect pumps, overflow, connections etc. for any potential issues
    - Clean skimmer
     
  6. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Some great ones all! Keep them coming...

    Here is mine:

    Weekly
    • Clean glass a couple times
    • Empty skimmer and clean it
    • Top off ATO reservoir

    Monthly
    • I try to do two water changes. Often it is only one.
    • Check supplement bottles for doser and top off if needed.
    • 1 or 2 water tests for alk, mag and calcium, adjust doser if needed
    • Prune chaeto

    Side note - I should clarify that 'monthly routine' meant in my mind what routines you performed in a month's time. Not just once a month. But either is fine.



    Indeed. And I have been hounding them about it as I have a mac at home. I think they are working on it, but from what I know about you, you'd be just the man to help them with this. :)

    Keep them coming all!

    matt
     
  7. DevinH

    DevinH Montipora Capricornis

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    Daily

    Watch and enjoy my fish
    Feed fish
    Handfeed eel
    Top off

    Weekly
    Change filter sock
    Clean skimmer
    Testing

    Monthly
    Wipe glass

    Yearly
    Water change

    I see everyone posting their maintenance schedule but you gotta stop and enjoy the fish too :)
     
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  9. Biocube

    Biocube Giant Squid

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    Well for fun here's my routine maintenance, maybe it will be a winner. ;)

    Every 5-8 Hrs:
    • Check Apex App on iPhone for Ph, Temp & Amp usage

    Every Day:
    • Feed Rods Fish Food
    • Check corals for growth & pests
    • Clean glass
    • Check ATO Level
    • Inspect Fuge
    • Inspect Overflow
    Every 4 Days:
    • Fill ATO
    Every Week:
    • Check water params (Alk, Ph, Nitrate/rite, Phosphate, Mag)
    • Empty Skimmer
    • Add Trace Elements
    Every 2 weeks:
    • Change carbon
    • Change fuge sponge
    Every Month:
    • Clean Skimmer
    • Clean MP10 Wet Side
    • Deep inspect fuge
    • Deep inspect overflow
    • Add Alk & Ca to dosing reservoir
     
  10. HealthyTanks

    HealthyTanks 3reef Sponsor

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    Wow. There are some great maintenance schedules being posted. It’s wonderful to see people so involved with their aquariums. In the beginning (many years ago) I tried a “natural, less maintenance” approach. That didn’t work very well and replacing livestock became expensive. Consistently sticking to a schedule will give your livestock the pristine environment they need to survive and reproduce. I also found that keen observation plays a vital part in tank maintenance. Spotting something (i.e. small leak) before it becomes a problem keeps you ahead of the game. I would love to see pictures of your tanks, I bet they are beautiful.
    A big thanks to everyone who has posted so far. I’m impressed.
    And Biocube, I get told we need a Mac version almost every day. We need to start moving ahead with that. Your maintenance schedule is a great one. Thanks for posting and sharing with others.
    Don
     
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  11. Biocube

    Biocube Giant Squid

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    Thanks Don,

    I'm looking forward to seeing a Mac version in the near future.

    Another cool idea would be a iPhone app that would use iCloud and sync the user data back to the users computer for further viewing.
     
  12. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Well said Don. I couldn't agree more. Big thanks for the software. Much appreciated. 8)

    matt

    Wow. Cool idea there.

    Hey - I'm going to be running around at work for a bit - so anyone else want to hop in here before I pull the trigger on winners? :)

    matt