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Old 03-20-2012, 08:16 PM   #1
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Is there a length of time that is to long? Just curious
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This really depends on bioload and tank size. I never let my tanks go 2 weeks.
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for what? between water changes?
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Old 03-20-2012, 08:30 PM   #4
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Yep Water changes.

I judge it on Nitrate levels anything close or over 20ppm......or 2x week 50% usually Thursday Late Afternoon and Late Sunday night.

I don't have a lot of real Plants due to the Cichlids so hard to disperse the nitrates. I buy PRIME by the gallon.....
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I have an aggressive pwc schedule with my rift lake tanks also. I think alot of us do because of various reasons such as overstocking and the fact that plants are really hard to establish in these tanks.
I do pwc's of at least 50% a minimum of once a week.
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Old 03-20-2012, 08:55 PM   #6
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Is there a length of time that is to long? Just curious

Under ideal conditions, a partial water change of 10 % of the water volume weekly will produce healthy and happy fish. I have followed this schedule for over 40 years of fish keeping with tremendous success as both a hobbyist and a commercial breeder.

What you need to remember is that most fish can take excesses but they can't take drastic changes very well. So by maintaining this schedule, you never allow the water parameters to change much thereby creating a more stabile environment. Keep in mind that most fish in today's hobby are not wild caught fish so they are not used to the extremes of the wild and shouldn't be kept that way.
Obviously, if a tank is overstocked or underfiltered, a more vigorous/ frequent schedule should be maintained. Avoid extremes at all cost

Hope this helps.
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I was just curious cause I can go 4 weeks and my water still test great. And it makes me nervous so I change it around 35 gallons. Should I let it go longer?
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My water tests fine every week at around 30ppm nitrates but I still do about 50 gallons each Thursday.
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This really depends on bioload and tank size. I never let my tanks go 2 weeks.
But can it go longer?
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Lol how did you know I was going to ask
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