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Helpful tips

Discussion in 'General Reefkeeping Discussion' started by Andrew_bram, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. Andrew_bram

    Andrew_bram Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    Helpful tips let's see what all we can come up with to make life just a little easier for our tanks.
  2. Andrew_bram

    Andrew_bram Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    I always have trouble with my salt getting hard once its opened. I never use a full thing of salt at once and no matter how hard I try moisture gets into it. My solution take a pair of women stockings and fill with rice. Works just like it does in a salt shaker.
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  3. Munch

    Munch Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    1. Play lottery
  4. xxHLTxx

    xxHLTxx Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    run ato lines above dosing lines to reduce creep and crusting
  5. Dr.DiSilicate

    Dr.DiSilicate Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Buy quality equipment once.

    Find a few tanks you like, research how they are run. Copy copy copy. But first understand each piece of equipment, what it does, why you need it, and alternatives to it before you buy it

    Have fun with your fish buddies.

    Find someone you trust to answer questions

    Buy live stock from reputable dealers.
  6. HondaHound

    HondaHound Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Never thought of that Andrew, awesome tip! I hate how salt gets nasty. When you're a nano reefer, a bucket of salt lasts a while.

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  7. ReefCheif

    ReefCheif Shark Platinum Sponsor M.A.S.C Club Member

    Ive never had this problem. My salt is always nice and fine. I do keep mine in a bucket that has a rubber seal on the lid, I then take a trash bag and place it over the opening of the bucket and put the lid on. Double barrier. Ive also gone as far to pre measure my salt into smaller buckets with lids. I know if Im making 40 gallons I can dump one entire small bucket of salt into the water and be pretty much good to go. Much easier than doing it scoop by scoop.
  8. Andrew_bram

    Andrew_bram Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    That is great idea. I am limited by space though.
  9. ReefCheif

    ReefCheif Shark Platinum Sponsor M.A.S.C Club Member

    I know all about this, I live in a 900 sqft apartment, and currently run 180 gal. Think about it. You can fit 200 gallons worth of saltwater in a 5 gallon bucket and extremly heavy. You can fit 40 gallons of salt mix into a 2 gallon bucket. Five 2 gallon buckets pre measured is way easier for me to store than one 5 gallon bucket, reason being is the smaller buckets dont wiegh as much, so they can sit up high on a shelf, you can stack them in a corner, they fit under your stand, sit on top of your canopy, etc.
  10. Smiley

    Smiley Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member

    When doing weekly maintenance, i take a bowl of ro water and let my skimmer air intake suck it up... helps clean the salt creep out keeping your skimmer running in top condition.
  11. Andrew_bram

    Andrew_bram Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    Always level your tank.
  12. mathewkofalk

    mathewkofalk Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    That's a good idea Smiley

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  13. jda123

    jda123 Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    Quality used equipment is better than cheap new.

    Cleaning with Hydrochloric/Muratic Acid is cheaper, more effective and safer for your tank than vinegar.

    Remember that this is a hobby, not a business (for most of us) - use only disposible money and don't ever refer to anything as an "investment."

    Dual control your heaters.
  14. FinsUp

    FinsUp According to my watch, the time is now. M.A.S.C Club Member


    Have backups for your backups.

    Ask more questions than you think you should.

    Distrust anyone who claims to have *the* answer.

    Be honest.

    Have fun.
  15. jda123

    jda123 Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    Don't dose what you cannot test for.

    When in doubt, keep your hands out of your tank.
  16. mathewkofalk

    mathewkofalk Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    Always keep your keys in your pocket so when you go out side to take out the trash and your three year old locks you out you can get back in.

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  17. sethsolomon

    sethsolomon Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Wrap it before you tap it! (Use teflon tape to wrap your pvc threaded parts)

    Have 2 people you share coral with so you have backups if your tank crashes.

    Respect everyone in the reef club.

  18. Bajamike

    Bajamike Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Don't touch power strips with wet hands....( not pointing any fingers....hmmm Andrew)
  19. Andrew_bram

    Andrew_bram Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    Thanks mike.
  20. Craigar

    Craigar Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Reeflo actually has suggested using silicon instead of Teflon because on PVC it puts a lot of stress in the connecting point and can crack it

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