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Old 02-10-2014, 10:56 PM
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A guide for structuring a proper thread when seeking help.

All too often i see members both old and new asking for help and i think its time someone posts a basic guide members should follow when asking the community for help.

If you can't list them all that's fine, but please try your best if you want an accurate or possible answer to your question. Most questions should only be answered with the following information available to members. Even if only a small percentage follow this it would inevitably improve the site.

I constantly see threads that go unnoticed , avoided, and even answered with incorrect or incomplete advice because the original post is missing crucial information.

The following is what i believe should be present in every post when a person is asking for advice.

  • A photo of your tank
Posting a photo is one of the most valuable things you can supply us with, it allows members to actually see what's going on. Many pieces of information can be gathered from a single photo of your tank. So many questions can be avoided once visually seeing the aquarium. If you are having issues posting a photo, please ask someone for help.
  • Tell us your personal aquarium experience
This will help members get an idea of your basic aquarium understanding. If you're new, that's fine! Just let us know you're new so we can structure our answers accordingly.
  • List your tank size (water volume, dimensions, and age)
All are extremely important when assessing a situation. IE: This is crucial for giving advice with dosing, lighting, and much more.
  • List the equipment you are running
Controller, Skimmer, Power heads, Media Reactors, UV, calcium reactor. doser, ETC
  • List the current chemicals, media, treatments, or anything that you are currently adding to your reef and the amount.
For example: Carbon, GFO, Vodka, Vinegar, slime remover, ETC
List the amount, the last time they have been used,changed, and if any of the issues came about soon after.
  • Tell us where you are getting your water from?
Let us know if its RODI, DI, Tap, Tap water filter, or even if its from your local fish store. Also if possible, list when your filters have been changed
  • Tell us your tank Maintenance
Water change volume, Frequency, and other maintenance
  • List your current livestock
List your fish,inverts, coral etc.
  • List your current Salt Mix
Instant Ocean, Reef Crystals, etc. Let us know if you have made any changes recently. Make sure your salt is properly mixed at the right temperature. Let us know if you have ever tested a fresh batch of saltwater for accuracy and post your results.
  • List your current lighting
T5 , metal halide, power compact , or LEDs.
Tell us about your light. IE: Bulb amount, intensity (LED %)wattage, configuration, total hours. If available, listing your Fixture's distance to the waterline/sandbed can actually help.



PARAMETERS

Start by listing your last known, current, and even your desirable levels. We can't begin to answer questions or give guidance without this information. Writing that levels are in line means nothing to anyone that is going to give you any type of good advice. You should be listing your results entirely for someone to help with your tank.

Temperature
Include how it is measured ie: thermometer or controller. List any known swings.

PH
Include how it is measured IE: time, test kit, or probe. (Let us know if you probe has been properly calibrated and when)

Salinity
Tell us how you are measuring your salinity. IE: Refractometer , hydrometer, taste test. Let us know if calibrated and when. Understand that different salinity levels will give different outcomes when testing your tanks ALK,CAL,& MAG.



Phosphate
List the test kit brand - Please note, Many of the lower end test kits are not even suitable for testing phosphate as they cannot register low levels.


Ammonia
Nitrate
Nitrate


Alkalinity
Calcium
Magnesium
List test kit brand used. Let us know if you have completed more then one test and if these results have been tested with a second kit. Let us know about any changes you see


Then of course write clear and legible when you actually write your question
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:12 PM
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This is excellent Jonny, thanks for taking the time to put this together. I want to reiterate, that you don't necessarily need ALL this info, but the more you can provide, the easier it is for people to help you.
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:14 PM
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Nice job Johnny
Can we make this a sticky or a favorite thead
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:40 PM
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Good stuff Jonny!
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Old 02-11-2014, 12:27 AM
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Experience- current tank about 2 yrs about 15 yrs t0tal
tank size 250 60 x36x27 i'm 49 yrs old
75 gallon sump with fuge
reef octopus skimmer
geo 618 calcium rector
2 single brs reactors(currently only using one with gfo)
apex controller
5 fathom leds about 12"above water
supplemented with t5
about 4 weeks ago treated with red slime remover
i use rodi with recently changed filters and new di resin
i do a bi monthly 50 gal wc with reefcrystals
change filter sock every 3 days
clean skimmer cup every 3 days
livestock
6 anthias
powder blue tang
achilles tang
yellow tang
blue throaght trigger
fire fish
royal gramma
diamond goby
assorted lps and sps
assorted clean up crew
temp 78 stable
ph 8.04 stable
phosphate salifert 0.025
nitrate api undetectible
ammonia 0
nitrite 0
alk 9.5
cal 420
mag 1300

sorry if i missed anything
heres my question
what time should i feed my fish?

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Old 02-11-2014, 12:31 AM
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great work dude! next issue i have im copy and pasting and just making a fill in the blank lol
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Old 02-11-2014, 12:50 AM
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Hmmmmmmm!!!!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by B.BASH View Post
Experience- current tank about 2 yrs about 15 yrs t0tal
tank size 250 60 x36x27 i'm 49 yrs old
75 gallon sump with fuge
reef octopus skimmer
geo 618 calcium rector
2 single brs reactors(currently only using one with gfo)
apex controller
5 fathom leds about 12"above water
supplemented with t5
about 4 weeks ago treated with red slime remover
i use rodi with recently changed filters and new di resin
i do a bi monthly 50 gal wc with reefcrystals
change filter sock every 3 days
clean skimmer cup every 3 days
livestock
6 anthias
powder blue tang
achilles tang
yellow tang
blue throaght trigger
fire fish
royal gramma
diamond goby
assorted lps and sps
assorted clean up crew
temp 78 stable
ph 8.04 stable
phosphate salifert 0.025
nitrate api undetectible
ammonia 0
nitrite 0
alk 9.5
cal 420
mag 1300

sorry if i missed anything
heres my question
what time should i feed my fish?
I would say about mid day when all the fish are awake lol
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:39 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by B.BASH View Post
Experience- current tank about 2 yrs about 15 yrs t0tal
tank size 250 60 x36x27 i'm 49 yrs old
75 gallon sump with fuge
reef octopus skimmer
geo 618 calcium rector
2 single brs reactors(currently only using one with gfo)
apex controller
5 fathom leds about 12"above water
supplemented with t5
about 4 weeks ago treated with red slime remover
i use rodi with recently changed filters and new di resin
i do a bi monthly 50 gal wc with reefcrystals
change filter sock every 3 days
clean skimmer cup every 3 days
livestock
6 anthias
powder blue tang
achilles tang
yellow tang
blue throaght trigger
fire fish
royal gramma
diamond goby
assorted lps and sps
assorted clean up crew
temp 78 stable
ph 8.04 stable
phosphate salifert 0.025
nitrate api undetectible
ammonia 0
nitrite 0
alk 9.5
cal 420
mag 1300

sorry if i missed anything
heres my question
what time should i feed my fish?

NICE WORK BROTHER
Sorry you did not provide a photo of your tank

J/k but seriously nice Job Jonny and I do think starting off with a photo of your tank is a great help or at best be a Avatar requirement
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:43 AM
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Great write up.
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Old 02-11-2014, 09:33 AM
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Very nice contribution to the site... Thanks Jonny
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