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Old 09-10-2014, 12:24 PM   #1
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Water Changes

Do you do them?
I was on another forum recently and there was a post about this.
There were more than half of the posters say they minimal change. I am talking 1% or just a few gals a year to no water changes
Any thoughts here?
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Old 09-10-2014, 12:28 PM   #2
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Since I don't dose and I have a relatively small tank, I do 25% weekly water changes.

The reason people get away with so few, small water changes is because they have other methods of nutrient export and dosing pumps.
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+1 to what Oscar said. I have a small tank as well and do 25% weekly wcs. I dose calcium and alkalinity so I could probably do fewer water changes but 25% seems to keep everything happy.


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What kind of other ways? I am very interested in hearing your view. I have a RODI buy my TDs make it prohibitive to use cost effectivly
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What would be the the most cost effective way to go in the long run?
There is abig difference between doing a 5% and doing 10% in a year.
How would that go over I wonder?
So 10% week is the way to go or the traditionally accepted proven way?
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How big is your tank an what is your typical nitrate level a week after your wc? If it is still low then I'd say you could do 10% every other week if not fewer depending on tank size. I have friends with bigger tanks (75-120g) doing monthly wcs and their tanks do fine.


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I have a 60 gallon freshwater community tank and do a 50% WC every week. I look at it like nature...when rains come..it replinshes lakes and ponds for the fish...we have to replicate that in the home aquarium. I've never used products to dose my tank so can't speak to how good they are or justify my opinion, but I just get the feeling that doing a WC is just as good if not better than dosing.
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Here at AA, we promote weekly water changes of 10% for a healthy tank as it not only removes the bad, but also replaces the good that was used up. I personally like a larger than average water changes once a month or every other to bring nitrates down further as there is some ramp up no matter what you do.
Some stick to 20% or bi-weekly water changes. But if you break things down to a weekly 10%, you end up removing a larger number of nitrates (as example) than you would from large bi-weekly changes.
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Here at AA, we promote weekly water changes .
That is kind of a dangerous way to put thing don't you think?
So are you speaking for everyone?
I do a 10 gal. once a month on a 100 gal.
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