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Old 07-07-2006, 07:54 PM   #1
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I have kept cichlids for many years but I am wanting to start a SW tank. I have read online about people having SW tanks that have a balanced ecosystem to where they don't have to perform water changes. I am in a small apartment with roommates so I don't have much room, so I was hoping to set up a balanced 10 Gal tank (since I already have a 10 gal tank). I would be willing to go up to a 20 gal but I really don't have much more room. All I "have to have" is one clown fish. Is it possible to set up a balanced aquarium and could I do it with a 10 gal? If so, what would I need to achieve it?
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It is not a practical idea and very few have accomplished it. None that I am aware of in a small
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Wow, that was quick. Why is it not practical? And what would you suggest I do?
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I have read online about people having SW tanks that have a balanced ecosystem to where they don't have to perform water changes.
Sorry, this is kind of an oxi-moron in the SW world. The only way to ensure a "balanced" eco-system is to perform regualr water changes. This is especially true for smaler tanks. Larger tanks, while more stable, still require some attention and regualr water changes are important. If you are looking for a hobby that is "low maintanance", SW tanks are out of the question.
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The only way to ensure a "balanced" eco-system is to perform regualr water changes. .
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Well Thanks for nothing guys. The cichlid forums are much better then this!
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The cichlid forums are much better then this!
Why? Do they give you misinformation that is more to your liking? You asked a question and got a perfectly acceptable (and correct) response. If you have kept cichlids for many years you would know that water changes are necessary for their well being.
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Well Thanks for nothing guys. The cichlid forums are much better then this!
Wow, I see some very sound aquarium advice in the posts above. If you are just too lazy to perform proper tank maintanance, I suggest you not venture into the SW world.
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I am sorry that we didnt tell you what you wanted to hear. I am sure if you look hard enough, someone, somewhere will tell you it is possible. If you are willing to go the more conventional route, a filtration system and water changes, then we can surely help you. You will NOT be able to do a zero maintenance tank. If that puts your 'tude up...sorry, we are here to tell you the truth, not what you want to hear.
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Well Thanks for nothing guys. The cichlid forums are much better then this!
IMO the advice you were given was the answer to your question. Your question was."Is it possible?" I don't know of any tank SW or FW that thrives without water changes. I also don't believe that any responsible fish keepers or forums would advocate no water changes.
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