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Old 06-17-2004, 11:33 AM   #1
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Is doing water changes too often bad?

I'm not talking about 1 or 2 water changes per day... For my FW tanks, I usually do weekly to biweekly water changes. Can doing weekly or biweekly water changes for a SW tank have any ill effects?
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Old 06-17-2004, 01:06 PM   #2
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I'm still a SW newbie, but I know FW pretty good.
From what I've learned, the water change frequency in a properly stocked/filtered SW tank is the same as a FW...the primary difference being that you have to age your SW for 3-4 days in advance, and you also have to top off about ever other day with fresh R/O water to deal with evaporation.

So a once per week, 20% change would probably be sufficient.
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Are you talking about acutally doing a daily water change? If you dont make sure the new water has the same peramiters as the old water then yes the frequency of water changes can have an effect on the health of the tank. If your water peramiters are the same then it wont have much of an effect.

Weekly water changes wont have a negitive effect as long as the water is premixed as Gregg has mentioned and the water temperature, and PH levels are the same as the main tank.
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Do most of you use a big rubber maid tub, or plastic garbage can, for mixing/aging your SW in advance? then I can toss in a small heater and an airstone... that seems like a good way to do it, and I was gonna make a platform with big casters, so I can more easily wheel it out to the tank.
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30 gal garbage can. $4 from walmart. Heater and pump in the bottom of the can. I mix next to the tank so I don't have to move it.
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i have a bunch of tanks that i don't use so i make my water in one of them, I throw in a heater and a power head or HOB for water movement
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Here is a good article on water changes it is called Necessary Maintenance - Water Changes http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issu...2004/short.htm

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Here is a good article on water changes
I also highly recomend reading that, it's very informative.
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