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Old 08-19-2004, 11:51 PM   #1
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Should I do a water change????

I just started to cycle my 75gal, 50lbs Lr, 80lbs LS. Would it be a good idea to do a water chage to bring the readings down some. If so, how much? If not, why?

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Old 08-20-2004, 12:30 AM   #2
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I am new and don't have a tank yet. But from what I read if you are doing a fishless cycle then no water change is needed until cycle is finished. The theory is that doing a water change now might increase the time to cycle the tank, someone else will have to confirm.
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do your water change AFTER your ammonia and nitrites are at 0 and u have readings of nitrates....the water change will bring your nitrates down and help balance your ph out...your cycle shouldnt take that long with lr and ls
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Yes, don't water change right now, it would slow down the cycle.
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If the ammonia/nitrite get to high you may want to do a 25-50% water change to save the life on the LR. It may prolonge the cycle but it causes less shock to the micro/macro fauna on the LR and LS. HTH
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unless your ammonia goes over 5ppm, don't do a water change. If its over 5ppm, that level of ammonia can stunt bacteria growth...but that ususally doesn't happen.
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