When managing a saltwater tank, it is useful to know what not to do.
If you know what to ignore, you’ll avoid mistakes and save yourself headaches.
Here are the top 9 saltwater tank habits to avoid:
#1: Do not feed your corals.
To avoid having a tank overrun with algae, do not pump a lot of nutrients (coral food) into your tank. Fish poop is great coral food so instead feed your fish well. 2 to 3 times a day is good for them, and for your coral.
#2: Do not use tap water or bottled water for your tank.
Both are full of metals and minerals you don’t want in your tank. Both can cause fish and coral to die and spur nuisance algae growth. Instead, use only RO/DI water.
#3: Do not use damsel fish to cycle your tank.
Damselfish are aggressive fish and when you try to remove them, they are near impossible to catch. Plus, putting a fish through a full tank cycle is like asking someone to live in a dust storm 24/7: They’ll live through it, but doing so is its own form of torture.
Leave the damsels out of your tank and do this instead.
#4: Do not put Xenia in your tank.
This coral can overtake a tank in no time. You might be able to keep in under control by trimming it every week, but seriously, there are better ways to spend your time.
#5: Do not run a tank without a protein skimmer.
Tank dabbler, reef enthusiast, reef junkie, it doesn’t matter, protein skimmers are necessary pieces of equipment.
#6: Do not use only one type of food.
Like humans, fish need a variety of food to give them the nutrients they need. So feed mysis, nori, high performance diet, cylcop-eeze and pellets on a rotational basis. I feed one type of food in the morning, and another at night.
#7: Do not add rock over time to your tank.
Save yourself the headache of mini cycles and tearing your tank apart each time you want to add rock by buying all the rock you’ll need at once. A good rule of thumb is to have one pound of live rock per gallon of tank water.
#8: Do not add live rock to your tank.
Instead, buy it dead.
#9: Do not put corals in your tank that haven’t been dipped.
Corals can carry pests that can kill your coral. Dip any and every piece of coral coming into your tank without fail.
I recommend CoralRx. You can buy it from TB Aquatics
Everyone makes mistakes and I’ve personally made several of the above.
Avoid these habits and you’ll be setting your tank up for success.
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