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Old 01-19-2014, 12:32 AM   #11
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The reason I posted this is because a very well known person in the saltwater hobby who has wrote many books and who has advised many people during there journey with saltwater and whom seems to very successful has good information to consider. I did 25% water changes and after seeing mrsaltwatertank say to do only 5% weekly I have seen no difference in my aquarium.

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Old 01-19-2014, 12:35 AM   #12
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To me there's no reason to waste that much salt every week which to me seems to be over kill. If Nitrates are high then maybe larger water changes and possibly reducing amount to food feed.

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Old 01-19-2014, 08:57 PM   #13
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To me there's no reason to waste that much salt every week which to me seems to be over kill. If Nitrates are high then maybe larger water changes and possibly reducing amount to food feed.

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That's the exact same mentality I'm having. If all params look good, I may be able to get away with doing monthly changes. But it's always helpful to hear everyone's opinion on the matter. Thanks
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I do mine weekly but monthly should suffice as far as a FOWLR tank.
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:38 PM   #15
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For a FOWLR tank, the only real reason I could see to do water changes is to keep nitrates low and phosphates low as well to avoid a cyano outbreak. I guess as long as the parameters are fine and stable then theres no real reason to do any other WC than what your doing at the moment.

If you had corals then it would be a different story but considering you don't then itll be fine
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Old 01-20-2014, 12:23 PM   #16
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For a FOWLR tank, the only real reason I could see to do water changes is to keep nitrates low and phosphates low as well to avoid a cyano outbreak. I guess as long as the parameters are fine and stable then theres no real reason to do any other WC than what your doing at the moment.

If you had corals then it would be a different story but considering you don't then itll be fine
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keep in mind that doing pwc's to maintain low trates and phosphates is completely different from doing them to bring down those levels. If someones tank is sitting at 5 trates and .015 phos, they will have to do minimal water changes to maintain that. now if that same person has 40-60 trates and .5+ phos, they obviously would have to do alot bigger pwcs to not only bring that number down, but to even maintain that same level.
as for what percentage to do and how often. theres absolutely no way to apply a "golden" standard to this. every single tank is different and reacts differently. even if you set up 2 identical tanks next to each other, they are more than likely going to vary in certain degrees. i myself used to do 25-30% bi-weekly, but switched to 15% weekly. and ive had better results. once i get my trates down into the 2-5 range, im going to switch back to bi-weekly
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