This aspect of the hobby for me is one of the most important not to neglect and can be the success or downfall of any system and is something I enjoy especially when the benefits are so blatantly obvious.
I religiously change 10% of my water weekly using reef crystals salt which equates to 50ltrs. It is mixed in a plastic dustbin the night before and a powerhead and heater added so itís ready the next day. My auto top up chamber holds 25ltrs and needs to be refilled every 4 days, more in the summer.
I have to admit to being a bit obsessive with testing and test daily alk, cal, mag, sg and nitrate even though I know what the results are going to be, itís just for peace of mind and to keep the test kit manufacturers more than happy as they donít last me five minutes.
Daily I clean my front glass and wash out my skimmer cup as I feel it works better when not coated in proteins.
Every other day i scrape the sides and back of the glass, as itís a black background and shows off the corals well I like to try and keep it spotless. Once a week before I add my coral snow I use a baster on my rockwork just to dislodge any detritus build up the flow isnít shifting.
Monthly I soak in vinegar, all powerheads, my heaters and my skimmer just to make sure they are working 100% virtually all the time. Every 3 months my return pump gets the same treatment.
My carbon sits in the chamber in my skimmer to get good flow over it and my ROWAphos sits at the bottom of my filter sock just to make it that little bit more active. Both are replaced every 6 weeks and added to mesh bags.