Maintenance Requirements

Maintenance of these systems requires little apart from the routine. For any of the aquariums in this chapter, here is a recommended maintenance schedule:

• Daily: check temperature, feed

• Weekly: check salinity, adjust as needed; check pH, adjust as needed; carry out 10 percent water change; clean algae off glass

• Monthly: check nitrate; carry out larger-than-normal water change as needed; replace detritus removal pads in filter; siphon out debris as needed

• Semiannually: reset system and clean decorations; carry out 50 percent water change

• Annually: replace lamps; service system pump

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