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Old 01-12-2014, 08:25 AM   #1
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Water change question

Everyone has their own method on water changes: small weekly, moderate biweekly, large monthly, or none at all. My skimmer and filtration do an awesome job of keeping my nitrates super low. My ph is also stable. I can get away with doing a moderate monthly water change. My question here is, if all looks well (nitrates,ph). Do I have to add nutrients to my water since I do monthly water changes? Or will a monthly water change suffice on the nutrients? I have a 55 gallon tank, 20 gallon sump. Any info would be great! Thanks
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Old 01-12-2014, 08:40 AM   #2
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I would think that if it's a fowlr tank, you would be ok and not have to add anything. I do a 25% weekly water change to keep my corals happy.
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I would think that if it's a fowlr tank, you would be ok and not have to add anything. I do a 25% weekly water change to keep my corals happy.
It is a FOWLR, sounds great. Thanks
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Monthly changes? What fish are you keeping in their?

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2 clowns
1 Royal Gramma
1 Green Chromis
Snails and Hermit crabs for CUC

As mentioned before, my ph(8.4) and Nitrates(5ppm) are good. I don't keep corals, but I have a ton of live rock and deep sand beds in both sump and display tank. My fish look fine, but my biggest question was regarding the nutrients.
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Old 01-12-2014, 01:33 PM   #6
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You dont need to add anything further to keep the animals healthy and happy. Regular water changes with a good quality salt will replenish whatever minerals have been consumed.
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Old 01-12-2014, 01:38 PM   #7
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You dont need to add anything further to keep the animals healthy and happy. Regular water changes with a good quality salt will replenish whatever minerals have been consumed.
Thank you very much for the reply. Were monthly WCs regular enough?
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Without knowing your nitrate readings at the end of the month its hard to say but my instinct would say twice monthly would be benifical either way.

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I do 5% weekly. Seems to work good for me. Also mr.saltwatertank recommends it.

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I would personally say 5% is nowhere near enough.

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