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Old 03-18-2012, 02:01 AM   #1
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What do you do to keep you aquariums in nice condition? Post your schedules!
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:08 AM   #2
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50-100% waterchange with tap water filtered through a large carbon bottle
Topoffs done with RO/DI
Filter clean whenever I see flow stop moving seeing as though I don't run fine filter polish.


1-2x a week depending on how lazy I am.
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:09 AM   #3
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Monthly: Rinse filter to keep it running freely
Weekly: algae scrub (if needed), trimming and thinning of plants, water change (50%, direct from tap)

That's all she needs.
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:13 AM   #4
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Something like 60-70% WC Monday and Friday, clean filter every 3-6 months and replace purigen, dose m/w/f/sun to keep ferts balanced between 2 weekly WC, razor blade algae each WC, clean lily pipes whenever, trim every 2-3 months.
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:11 AM   #5
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Monthly: Clean out filters
Weekly: Scrub algae, trim plants if needed, at least 50% water change
Daily: Add ferts (except for Saturday)
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:16 AM   #6
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Monday:
*Prepare Frozen Food
*Dose Aqua Vitro (av) Envy
*Dose Microbacter 7 (reef)
*Mist emersed setup
*Top off pond


Tuesday:
*Dose av Activate
*Dose av Synthesis
*Check Parameters/Specific Gravity (reef)
*Check co2 level (planted)


Wednesday:
*Saltwater Water Change
*Freshwater Water Change
*Dose Marine Max (reef)
*Clean Protein Skimmer (reef)
*Scrape all tanks for algae


Thursday:
*Dose av Activate
*Dose av Synthesis
*Trim Plants
*Mist emersed setup


Friday:
*Prepare Frozen Food
*Water Change Cichlid fry tank
*Water Change Goldfish pond
*Water Change Lowtech Planted (40g)
*Trim emersed setup
*Clean Pond Filters
*Mix Fresh saltwater
*Give all Buckets Vinegar Baths
*Trim a replant all tanks


Saturday:
*Shrimp tank waterchange
*2nd lowtech planted water change (14g)
*Run RODI top off brute barrel (44g)
*Fill 20 gallon jugs with RODI water
*Sit and watch fish
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:56 AM   #7
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daily fert dosing.
weekly 80% WC
monthly double 80% water change and filter clean
monthly glass clean
uh that's it plus plant trim and viewing time which is a lot
(edit feed fish variety of food)
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Old 03-18-2012, 03:00 AM   #8
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All my aquariums almost makes it seem like a job. But really I only spend an hour or two a day. I actually sometimes forget the exact number of tanks that I have. Some of them are so low tech the only thing I do is feed and top off!
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Old 03-18-2012, 04:15 AM   #9
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I have a 40g hex and two 5g betta tanks. I use a Python type vac on the larger tank, and tap water in all 3.

Each gets a 30-50% water change about every 2 weeks. The canister filter on the 40g gets cleaned every few months. The little internal filters on the betta tanks pretty much never needs cleaning - maybe once a year.

Plant maintenance on the 40g is about once a year, other than pulling out some duckweed with each water change (slow growing plants, many glued to decor). The 5gs have java fern and anuibas on wood and rocks and never really need maintenance.

No ferts, no co2. My cleaning lady wipes down the outside of the tanks every 2 weeks.

I'd say total maintenance on all 3 tanks is maybe 2 hours a month at the most.

Edited to add - right now I have some juvi dwarf rainbows in a 6.6g tank - they'll stay there till they are too big to be eaten by the mollies in my main tank. I am changing their water twice a week.
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Old 03-18-2012, 04:24 AM   #10
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50% weekly
EI Dosing daily....

let me fishies do the rest LOL
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