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Old 03-08-2005, 05:48 AM   #1
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1st Water Change

Ok, so I just did my first water change....and i am TERRIFIED that i'm going to wake up tomorrow to dead fish....i dont know why....i'm just scared.

i forgot to add the dechlorinator before adding the new water, but i added it right after i added the new water....will I be ok!?

OH MY GOODNESS I'M TERRIFIED!
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Old 03-08-2005, 08:38 AM   #2
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I would think they will be fine since you added the dechlor right away.
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When did you mix your salt? Remember that most people recommend aeration after mixing for 24-48 hrs, at which point the chlorine would probably no longer be an issue - not necessarily true for the nitrates and phosphates which may be present in your water if you're not using RO/DI water.

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Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

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Hey all, i woke up to two still living clowns...PHEW. Thank goodness...these fish are like my children now!
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I never added declor when I was using tap water for my tank. My salt always mixed for at least 24 hrs before I used it though so the chlorine had all but dissipated. It is nerve wrecking the first time though. Glad to hear that they survived!
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How long after changing should i test the water perameters
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If you did the change yesterday you should get accurate results today. I've tested in as short as a couple of hours when I was worried about my parms.

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Lowered nitrate levels. They've been at 40 in my tank, so i'm hoping they go down
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