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Old 04/17/2018, 12:50 PM   #1
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Natural seawater for reef tank

I got NSW two fays back. The water is crystal clear
All parameters are fine . I do no that some micro particles are there in it . I used filter socks for large particles.
Any more filter is required ?


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Old 04/17/2018, 07:26 PM   #2
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Should be good to go.
I used NSW for years. Only filtering was done by the large rock/sand filters the facility used where I collected my water from.
Have fun, your fish and corals will thank you.


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Old 04/17/2018, 10:47 PM   #3
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Should be good to go.
I used NSW for years. Only filtering was done by the large rock/sand filters the facility used where I collected my water from.
Have fun, your fish and corals will thank you.
This is my first NSW . Going to introduce fish now . Should I add bacteria for cycle ? Is it necessary ?

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Old 04/18/2018, 07:19 AM   #4
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Did you start with live rock? If not, then yes, you will need to seed the tank with bacteria. Even if you did start with LR, it will not hurt to add bacteria. Just makes for a stronger colony.


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Old 04/18/2018, 08:34 AM   #5
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Did you start with live rock? If not, then yes, you will need to seed the tank with bacteria. Even if you did start with LR, it will not hurt to add bacteria. Just makes for a stronger colony.
Yes I have love Rock and live sand . I added yellow tail damsel now

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Old 04/18/2018, 09:02 AM   #6
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You should be fine. Go slow and things will work better.


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Old 04/19/2018, 07:13 AM   #7
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You should be fine. Go slow and things will work better.
Okay . I will just have this damsel for now

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Old 04/19/2018, 03:36 PM   #8
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You should be fine. Go slow and things will work better.
Actually how long should water run before putting fish ?

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Old 04/19/2018, 04:59 PM   #9
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Should be good to go.
I used NSW for years. Only filtering was done by the large rock/sand filters the facility used where I collected my water from.
Have fun, your fish and corals will thank you.
+1. I've used both filtered and unfiltered seawater.


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+1. I've used both filtered and unfiltered seawater.
Wow. How did it go ?

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Old 04/19/2018, 10:56 PM   #11
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Excellent. Just some 5 gallon jugs and a little lifting. It's also an extra excuse to get in the water. I didn't filter when I lived in Southern California. Be careful to wait a few days after rain fall, even here in the tropics.


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Old 04/19/2018, 11:41 PM   #12
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Excellent. Just some 5 gallon jugs and a little lifting. It's also an extra excuse to get in the water. I didn't filter when I lived in Southern California. Be careful to wait a few days after rain fall, even here in the tropics.
My damsel seems fine . I don't have protein skimmer . Is that fine ? . I'm a beginner and student too. Protein skimmer is way too costly. How about air stone skimmer ,is it helpful ?

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You can run the tank without a skimmer, you just have to do more water changes.

A air stone skimmer will work, just not as efficient. I used one on my second SW tank, back around 1990. Worked OK.

Not sure what you are asking with your question about running water. If you are talking how long should the tank be up and running before adding fish, I'd say a month is good. It gives the LR time to clear out any die off.
When I set up my 400G tank, I let it run for several months before adding any fish or corals. By the time I got ready to add fish and corals, there was a ton of life in the tank. Pods were all over the place as there were no predators in the tank to eat them. Made for a good start to the micro life that lives in our tanks.


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You can run the tank without a skimmer, you just have to do more water changes.

A air stone skimmer will work, just not as efficient. I used one on my second SW tank, back around 1990. Worked OK.

Not sure what you are asking with your question about running water. If you are talking how long should the tank be up and running before adding fish, I'd say a month is good. It gives the LR time to clear out any die off.
When I set up my 400G tank, I let it run for several months before adding any fish or corals. By the time I got ready to add fish and corals, there was a ton of life in the tank. Pods were all over the place as there were no predators in the tank to eat them. Made for a good start to the micro life that lives in our tanks.
You answered exactly for my question. Thank for the information. I added damsel . J will wait for a month from now on .damsel seems fine now


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You answered exactly for my question. Thank for the information. I added damsel . J will wait for a month from now on .damsel seems fine now


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How often should I change water in 70 litre tank. And the percentage ?

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Since you are not running a skimmer, id do 50% a week.


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Old 04/21/2018, 12:01 AM   #17
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Since you are not running a skimmer, id do 50% a week.
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Since you are not running a skimmer, id do 50% a week.
How about two weeks once ? Or 30% a week. If I run a proper skimmer ?

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That will work. I used to do 50% on my 400G about every 2 weeks. And I had a huge skimmer.


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That will work. I used to do 50% on my 400G about every 2 weeks. And I had a huge skimmer.
Okay. I will give updates

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Old 04/30/2018, 02:45 PM   #21
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Hi. My parents want to add more live rock and even coral . Is it too fast to add coral ?. If I add cured live rock . Will there be any ammonia spike ?
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Old 05/11/2018, 10:18 AM   #22
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I used to run natural sea water (live in Florida) for years. I seem to have better luck with NSW, but it's a pain having to go to the store every week or two to get buckets of water.


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I used to run natural sea water (live in Florida) for years. I seem to have better luck with NSW, but it's a pain having to go to the store every week or two to get buckets of water.
Yes I agree it's a pain . But for me it's just 70 litre tank. Can anyone tell me about adding corals. Is it too fast ?. I have good water flow . "No skimmer". I do water change regularly 20-30% every two weeks. Tank is a month old. Has two clowns and one damsel .

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That will work. I used to do 50% on my 400G about every 2 weeks. And I had a huge skimmer.
https://youtu.be/tgoRVwPSnHE . Here is the update of my tank

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