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Old 03-31-2012, 02:31 PM   #1
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How many water changes?

I just finished cycling my 60g cube after 5 weeks. Ammonia and trites are at 0, but nitrates are off the chart.

I did a 25g water change yesterday and another 25g water change today and the trites are still super high.

How many water changes must I do? I would do more than 25g at a time, but am getting the water from the LFS and I only have 5 buckets.
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Old 03-31-2012, 02:32 PM   #2
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Get yourself a tap mate!

If you cannot rely on your LFS to do everything for you

Its YOUR fish tank and YOUR responsible for it.

It takes more than 5 days to cycle it mate.

Is fishless or with fish in the tank?
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Old 03-31-2012, 02:34 PM   #3
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I'm assuming you replied to the wrong post??
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Old 03-31-2012, 02:35 PM   #4
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After cycling with pure ammonia, I think I did a 90% water change. This was on my 125g + 40g sump. I have a RODI unit so it was a bit easier to save all the water in some large Rubbermaid containers.

Have you thought about getting your own RODI unit? It usually pays off for itself in a short time.
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Yes, getting my own unit is on my to-do list.
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Old 04-01-2012, 05:08 AM   #6
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Your small water changes is not as good as one big water change. Good job finishing the cycle.
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Old 04-02-2012, 02:10 PM   #7
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You need to do a large water change...the best way to save money in the long run is to get an RO unit...

I have a line from my RO unit hooked to a flow switch in a food grade barrel. I keep a pond pump in the barrel to circulate the water and mix the salt.
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