Next up, I'm going to talk about maintenance and husbandry for the new tank.
So every Saturday morning,
I will typically walk down these stairs early in the morning to do maintenance
on my tanks.
And I'll typically spend Saturday doing maintenance on the hundred 87
gallon tank with the lights are out right now.
And typically on Sundays,
I will do maintenance on the new 225 gallon peninsula
But I don't spend a lot of time in this room doing maintenance because I have
this remote sump room with all the equipments. And for the most part,
I have a calendar that I lean
on heavily in terms of all the different, um,
things that I'm supposed to be doing on a weekly basis, a monthly basis,
a quarterly basis, even a yearly basis.
So I have one of these for each of the tanks,
and this is the sheet for the new tank. So on a weekly basis,
I will do a 10% water change on the tank and I've got the
whole water chain system set up that I talked about in another video.
So it really takes me literally, I don't know,
five minutes to do a 25 gallon water change.
Just flip a couple of these leavers around and I can pump
the water out relatively easy into this slop sink
using this, uh,
flexible tubing at the end of all the PVC pipe that I had plumbed in here.
But before I do that,
what I'll typically do is just as a precaution
I'll test the specific gravity in my 55
gallon salt water makeup drum, just to make sure that it's, uh,
is within the acceptable range.
And I usually like to be 1.025 1.026,
in terms of specific gravity, I will also measure the, um,
I'll test for the magnesium in here.
Cause this is where I'll dose magnesium in this drum if I needed for the
tank. So I do those two things really, before I do anything.
And what we'll also do is clean the skimmer cup.
So I'll take the skimmer cup off and just wipe it down,
empty the, uh, the cup in the slop sink used paper towels,
and what have you. And once that is all set,
I'll take off all these lids on the dream box here,
remove all the lids and what,
why I'm doing that is kind of getting ready to shut it down.
And as you can probably see, there is some detritus in the summer.
So once I'm ready to rock and roll, I showed all the pumps down,
bring them down to zero. I showed all the other equipment off.
I will pull out the filter socks
and I will take all 10 of these filter socks out,
bring them in a bucket real easy to have this
short, is that a hookup to the slop sink?
And I'll just blast them with hot water and clean them off real easily.
They're they're nylon. They're not, um, fabric,
so they're pretty easy to clean. So I'll pull all the filter, socks out,
take all the lids off.
And I will siphon to get all the detritus out of the dream box here because
detritus is not a good thing, right?
To have it could help the nutrients build up and you don't want the excess
nutrients. At one point in time,
I had been also siphoning out the detritus on the bare bottom tank here,
but with the new flow that I got going with the new [inaudible] that I added on
top of the two [inaudible]
, I really haven't had a need. There's not really a lot of detritus that's collected on the bottom since I made that switch. So I might do that again in the future, but recently it hasn't been necessary.
So everything is shut down. I take all the detritus out and then
I will take 25 gallons out of the summer.
Typically try to do a 10% water change. And then I will,
put the new makeup water back in once I know that the specific gravity and the
magnesium levels are where I'm at. And again,
it's just a matter of turning a couple of valves here and here,
and it'll all go back in via this PVC plumbing that I got set up
underneath the bench here and into the DreamBox.
So that's the weekly water changes.
The other thing that I will do is I have
cop Wasser dripping in 24 seven.
It's probably tough to see this, but you know,
there could be some precipitate at the end of the quarter inch tubing right
So I'll always take a toothbrush and make sure that that is clean.
So it's not clot. You don't want to have that stuff clogged.
And the other thing that I will do is I will also, um,
I'm dosing a little nitrate,
not a lot. In fact,
I think right now I'm not losing any cause my night traits are, um,
in the 25 part per million range for that tank. But what I do, uh,
also is, um, for the line that is going in for the nitrate,
I will clean the pickets back here.
I will clean that quarter inch tubing as well.
So I'll, uh, I'll clean those dosing lines. The,
the other stuff that I will do on a weekly basis
is I will clean the top of these lids on the dream box
just to make sure all the salt creep and what have you,
but you can see right here is off of them. I will also
clean the lenses on the Beatrice fixtures to make sure again,
there's no salt, that's splashed on the lenses. I don't want to have any,
I don't want to have that impacting the par.
I will also clean the top of the Euro bracing on the
tank. Again, eliminate any salt Creek.
I will even clean this lid.
Which is nice to.
Have on this tank. And it kind of really cuts back on the noise.
The, uh, the other thing that I do on a weekly basis
is I will also,
once I have this arid algae reactor up and
running all the time right now, I've got water pumping through it.
I don't have the light on,
but I might turn it on since my nitrates are a little bit high,
but what I will do once that is running is I will
clean that out every week just to make sure that the,
that the keto doesn't have any biofilm on it. And that the, um,
the insides of the reactor are clean and can perform the way it's supposed to be
performing. Okay. Okay. So I am running activated carbon on this tank.
So every three weeks I will remove this reactor.
And the cool thing is that it can unscrew it screwed into the bottom of the
dream box, makes it really easy, nice and clean,
real simple to swap out the media there. As I mentioned,
I'm dripping a Coq Wasser into this tank.
So every four weeks or so,
I'll refresh the Wasser and I'll clean out this reactor,
make sure all the tubing is, is clean and not going to clog.
Another really important piece of preventative maintenance that I do is I will
clean all my pumps, including these recirculating pumps. So I will,
every three months take the wet sides of these [inaudible] off.
And I was soaked them in a mixture of white vinegar and fresh water.
It's it's one part vinegar, one part fresh water,
and let them soak for 30 minutes. I will also clean my return pumps.
Then I have to return pumps, you know, in the dream box here.
But again, it's really important.
What I do is I will power them down, disassemble them,
take the entire pump into a mixture of one part
vinegar, one part water,
and soak that pump the impeller and all the other parts,
just to make sure that there's nothing in there that could, uh,
cause that pump to seize up at some point down the road. And again,
preventative maintenance is so, so important.
You just don't want to have a pump to break down because you have not been
staying on top of the maintenance. I will also do maintenance on the,
uh, on the skin. Well, see, back here,
it's kind of hard to see around and I will also do maintenance
on the pump that feeds the arid algae reactor. And again,
I do these every three months just to make sure that there's no issues.
So none of the very important piece of maintenance that I do is
replace the cartridges in my spectrum, pure auto DEI units.
So I share the 225 gallon tank.
I share this unit with my 187 gallon tank. So it,
it produces the RDI water in this 55 gallon drum.
And I'll swap out these cartridges every five months,
maybe even sooner than that. It's just important. I don't,
I don't want to have the, um,
potential issue of problematic algae propping up.
So by keeping these cartridges fresh keeps that water purified and
every, I don't know, two to three years I've replaced the membranes.
So every three weeks I will calibrate the
pH probes. I have two pH probes on the pro flux for controller.
I have one that reads the PHS for the tank itself. And then I have a,
another pH probe that is on the top of this Reebok plus Calspan reactor
here. So I will do the, uh,
the calibration for those pH probes.
And I'll also re do a, um,
a calibration for the pH probe on the cage director,
just to make sure everything is reading correctly every now and then I will also
do a calibration on the conductivity probe on the prophylaxis for,
okay, so now here is a really important thing I will do
typically yeah. Every two months.
And I can't stress how important this is peristaltic pumps like
underneath the, uh,
the cage director and also this dozer underneath the pro flux for the
peristaltic dosing heads need regular maintenance
because if they get dirt in there in terms of the, uh,
the rollers or on the tubing or on the shaft,
then that can impact the performance.
And the last thing you want to have happen is for the doser not to be dosing,
what it's supposed to be dosing. So I really am very religious about that. Now,
one thing I keep handy in case I need them.
And I do have a lot of these things are these GHL
dosing maintenance kits. So they've got,
I got spare rollers and covers and what have you.
And it's just good to have these things on hand, even, uh,
spare tubing if you need it. But I really,
really try to stay on top of this stuff because I don't want my, you know,
my dosing heads to perform,
not perform the way they're supposed to be forming.
And what I also do after I do the maintenance is I recalibrate
the dosing heads just to make sure that again,
they are dosing what they're supposed to be doing. So that,
that is a really critical piece of maintenance that I do every couple of months.
I will also make sure that all the probes are
clean when I'm doing the calibrations.
So when I'm doing the pH calibrations and when I'm doing the conductivity
calibrations, I will make sure that all the, um, there's mainly it's,
um, carbon precipitate that can impact or get on
the, um, the sensors on these probes.
So I just make sure I clean them off on a regular basis when I do those
calibrations. And one last thing about the probes,
the pH probe, typically that needs to be replaced once a year.
The conductivity probe can last a couple of years.
So it just kind of depends on the performance.
And I think the temperature probe can last a pretty long time too. Again,
it's just something you got to keep an eye on. If, if they start looking, um,
they start kind of giving some measurements that are not in line with what
you've been getting before. And then I think it's time for them to be replaced.
So one thing I will do in my weekly maintenance is test my key water parameters.
I mentioned this a couple of videos ago, but I use the pro flux for,
to constantly monitor the pH the temperature and the conductivity.
And I also have the cage director to constantly monitor the DKA.
H I'll use these, uh,
salary for test kits to measure a magnesium nitrate and
I cannot wait until the iron director comes hopefully
And I will utilize that to measure the magnesium
nitrate and calcium.
Those are really the regular parameters that I will record and look at
and adjust dosing accordingly. I dose, like I mentioned,
a little nitrate right now, currently none, and also for the magnesium,
if I need to, I will,
like I mentioned before dose in the salt water makeup, Ben,
but I will also dose directly to the tank if needed.
But usually what I try to do is keep this at around 1400.
And for nitrates,
I think I mentioned my nitrates are currently at 25 parts per million. That's,
that's kind of high for me.
I like to have them in the five to 10 part per million range for phosphate.
I will also measure those once a week.
And I use this a Milwaukee test kit pretty, pretty accurate. I think.
So I do that and I try to shoot to have my
phosphates in that 0.05 to 0.1
range. And I think I forgot to mention calcium.
I like to have that in the 400 to 440 part per million range
and magnesium can't remember if I mentioned that,
but I like to have that in the 1400 to 1440 range.
And one last thing I want to talk about here,
it's just really daily observation of the tank with the 187
gallon tank. I look at my corals. I look at my corals really closely.
I try to do that every day.
I've got a couple of corals in that tank that act like canaries in the coal
So they're really good indicators of some trouble that could be popping up that
I can't see in a, in a test kit or through the, um,
the cage KHD. So in that instance,
if I see something that's looking a little weird I'll order an ICP test to dig a
little bit deeper,
to see if there are any issues that are potentially popping up.
So I think that I just want to mention that observation looking at your tank is
really, really important. And I plan to do that with this new tank as well.
Anyway, many, thanks for watching. If you liked the video,
please give it a thumbs up and hit that subscribe button.
If you haven't done so already,
I'll put links to Marine Depot and reef bum in the video description below.
See you next time.