Week 42: Reef Tank Maintenance: 5 minutes a day can transform your tank: 52 Weeks of Reefing #BRS160

May 6th, 2016
It's Week 42 of 52 Weeks of Reefing, and this week we are showing you how 5 to 10 minutes of work on your tank a day can equal years of success! We'll share what our daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly maintenance schedule looks like for the BRS160. Done well, maintenance can be part of the fun of owning a tank rather than a chore. It can also be the difference between a nice tank and an epic tank as well as a two year or ten year success.

Maintenance is generally broke up by how often it needs to be completed, i.e. Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and even Yearly. Here are some examples of tasks you may need to complete on your tank:

Daily: Quick wipe down of the glass, magnet clean glass, fish and coral feeding, a quick skimmer check, potential daily dosing of additives, and potentially running some tests, filter sock replacement, etc

Weekly: Additional tests, dosing weekly additives, emptying/cleaning filtration like protein skimmers, potentially weekly water changes, etc

Monthly: Filter media changes, potentially monthly water changes, checking and refilling automatically dosed elements/additives, monthly testing for slowly consumed additives like magnesium, cleaning powerheads and pumps, etc

Yearly: Bulb changes, a string of a few larger water changes spread out over the course of a few days to replace a large volume of your tank's water, cleaning your sump.

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