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Old 06-17-2013, 04:58 PM   #1
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How often should you do a water change in a salt water aquarium. And should it be 10 %
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Old 06-17-2013, 05:23 PM   #2
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How often should you do a water change in a salt water aquarium. And should it be 10 %
I seem to see a lot of people doing 10% weekly, however every tank is different. The goal is to have your parameters in check, no ammonia, nitrites or nitrates. Some tanks require more, some less. It also depends on your livestock, as the trace elements that some corals require that are found in the salt will need to be replenished...
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Thanks. I keep koi and nitrates not a problem with them. Is salt water different? My parameters are very stable with regards to ammonia and nitrite.
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What size tank is this, what are you keeping in it, and how much and how often do you feed? What filtration are you using? Protein skimmer? How much live rock?
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The answer to that question varies from tank to tank. Answer mr_X's questions and you will be able to get a more specific answer.
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Also consistency is key!
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Ok I've got a 10 gallon sump. About 20kg of live rock. Yes I've got a protein skimmer. 2 power heads and uv steriliser.
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Ok I've got a 10 gallon sump. About 20kg of live rock. Yes I've got a protein skimmer. 2 power heads and uv steriliser.
What size is the display? What protein skimmer do you have? the UV steriliser won't effect water changes. What is your current stock list and how large are the fish?
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A lot depends on the tank, everything in it and what is filtering it. The same tank, lets say 90g, with a Chromis might need monthly water changes. Add a few more fish and you might be looking at every week or every other. Keep the fish the same, but change the filtration and times will vary as well. If your nitrates stay low, weekly changes are overkill, IMO.

Give specifics of what you have and you should get a good answer.
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Ok. It's a 100 gallon inc sump. I'm using bubble magus mac 6. My stock is. Stars and stripe puffer about 3inches. A sailfin tang also 3 inches. A Picasso trigger, blue surgeon fish, a polka dot grouper all 3inches the same and a 6 inch pink tail trigger. Oh and 2 cleaner shrimp.
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