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Old 07-07-2004, 05:47 PM   #21
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I disagree with such frequent large water changes but that's just my opinion.

BTW - Did you buy all these shrimp from the same place? Might want to try a different source and see how that goes.
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W/ inverts water changes are vital, IMO, unless you test for and dose iodine, iodide, mg, etc, etc,... they require a bit more care than fish. As pointed out in another thread alk/ca balance also affects them a bit more. I have not read anything against water changes, just some disagreement as to the importance of doing them at all or how frequently. Remember, some people dose all sorts of things to replace what is lost/consumed over time, but they also test for it, therefore water changes aren't required.
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Old 07-07-2004, 06:37 PM   #23
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Ammonia is 0, Nitrites are 0, and Nitrates are 0. Everything else is very stable too.

What would I be achieving by doing bigger waterchanges?
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You would be removing more DOC's, replenishing depleted minerals, elements, etc. Also, if your using a good salt, any ionic balance issues you may have should steady- ex. alk/ca. You can't go wrong w/ water changes as long as they are done right. By doing only 15% at a time your not pulling out much waste, your just diluting it some. Your also not adding that much new salt (trace elements, minerals, etc.) b/c of the relatively small amount it takes to make up 15%. IMO, and according to a few things I've read, 20-25% at a time or don't waste the time doing it. HTH
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Do you really believe changing 8 gallons instead of 5 is going to make all that difference? Nevermind the math behind it.. what does your instinct tell you?
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By the way 15% is not horrible, but still alittle low-especially bi-weekly. I would do a few 20-25%, like I mentioned then bump it up to 25% bi-weekly, IMO.
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Do you really believe changing 8 gallons instead of 5 is going to make all that difference? Nevermind the math behind it.. what does your instinct tell you?
Yes The math is everything!
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Fair enough.. just wondering
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I did buy all 3 shrimp from the same place. From the same tank, for that matter. It's the only place nearby that ever have any shrimp in stock!
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If it was a bad acclimation, surely that wouldn't affect the shrimp 6 weeks after it was put in, when it was totally fine before?

Could it be possible they weren't getting enough food?
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