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Re: Looking to start a saltwater tank in NJ
I have quite different philosophy on fish keeping. Fish tank is different from reef tank and practicing minimal maintenance and going natural are my key to long term survival of my fish and overall I believe I reached this goal.
In early days I had sterile tank, i.e., tank without green stuff (which is uunatural). For that some fish started developing HLLE after 3~5 years. Angles and Tangs were especially susceptible to the sterile conditions. After I changed my practice to allow algae to grow in the tank I have not seen any HLLE outbreak for more than 10 years.
All my fish are subjected to high nitrate (~150ppm time average) and with GAC (well-rinsed) during this period. Another important benefit from algae grow is water pH is self-regulated: I monitor but not intervene, it's stable up to 4 months (pH>7.85). How many times you have to adjust your KH if you have a sterile tank in 4 months?
With addition of a good fish food dispenser that means I may walk away from my tank for weeks if need be.
Back the water discussion. Yes, potable water may or may not be good enough for fish but definitely not good for reef, because even at 1ppm of nitrate would interfere with hard stony coral growth. For fish, it's not a concern at 100ppm.
Success is measured by years, not by months.