Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: College Station, TX
Good to see another reefer on here! I also have both reef and planted tanks. Everyone will say they do it differently. People on both sides of the fence will claim high % weekly water changes are the way, whereas others will go months or a year between water changes. Just depends on your stock level, substrate nutrient level, and dosing habits.
I have a mineralized topsoil, heavily fortified substrate, medium light, non co2 tank. I do get a bit of algae, and heavy driftwood tannins. So I make sure to do a 25-50% water change on my planted tank every Tuesday. Medium plant load, heavily over filtered. No substrate vaccum. I let detritus build up as much as possible. That feeds the roots
On the reef I dose alot and run reactors, so I just do a 10% change and sand vac every two weeks