Discus Water Change – A True Story / Saltwater Next Step
By: Kevin | April 27, 2011
So, I may enjoy my free time entirely too much considering this video I made. There are two hobbies I enjoy more than any others, 1) Aquariums and 2) Technology! Clearly I had to put them together. (Please note, music is high on the list too!) Anyway, I have been struggling to keep my discus tank’s ammonia level down. I tried live plants in the tank for the first time and although they were very cool, I believe the plants had small amounts of decay which added up and forced me to do water changes 1-2 times a week. In the end, I decided to ditch the live plants to get my ammonia level under control. I’ll keep you posted on the progress…
Be warned this is a bit cheesy but it cracks me up. Enjoy!
You may be asking, a refu-WHAAA???? The dictionary definition really sums it up.
noun ( pl. -gia |-jēə|) Biology
Ok, back to pumps. Like I said, I need to cycle the water through the refugium about 5-10 times an hour. To do this I need a pump that can keep up. The trick is, I don’t want one that is too powerful otherwise it begins to defeat the process of being a ‘safe zone’ and the water will cycle through too quickly. A bit of simple math will get me to my answer. Ok lets think, I have a 55 gallon aquarium therefore, 55 gallons x 7 cycles an hour = 385 gallons an hour (I chose 7 cycles as a middle ground). I am now in the process of scouring the internet and local pet shops for the perfect pump.Once I have a new return pump I’ve been advised that it might not be a bad idea to get a Mister Bar. Instead of having the water return in a single hose with one point of return entry, the Mister Bar disperses the water out over a wider surface area. Some pvc tubing from good ole Home Depot or Lowes should do the trick and yes you guessed it — I’ll be posting my Mister Bar build soon!