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Old 03-30-2010, 10:56 PM   #51
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Id keep the skimmer in to catch anything that is floating
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Old 03-31-2010, 04:32 AM   #52
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"but if I get a skimmer does that mean I dont have to do PWC's?" No, no, no, Your skimmer won't get everything. It's just part of your filter system. On a tank as small as your's it would be a waste of money. One of the main reasons for doing a PWC is to remove nitrates. and as jom said to replace elements that are used up by your tank animals.
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Old 03-31-2010, 07:59 AM   #53
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Plus skimmers that are made for small tanks are, from what I've heard, not very good.
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Old 04-01-2010, 02:16 PM   #54
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ok so no skimmer got it lol

Well today I did my first PWC and i would say it didnt go as well as I hoped. I syphoned the water out and everything was fine. I did 5 Gallons and of course the fish got scared and schooled to the bottom. I had to turn the filter off bc it was making a weird noise and it stopped working bc of lack of water but its okay bc I wanted to wash the actual filter also. So i got 5 gallons out and then I started to add the new water but because the tank is so high it stirred everything up and now the tank is cloudy and the fish look agitated. Idk, I just cant imagine doing this once a week. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make this a better experience for the fish? I also found 3 miniscule snails and Im also going to get a scarlet shrimp tomorrow after I test the water.
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Old 04-01-2010, 03:30 PM   #55
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First, you only have a 14g tank. All you need to do is 2 to 2 1/2 gallons of water change a week.
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O ok I thought 30% was what I needed to change but 2.5 gallons is a lot better then
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Old 04-01-2010, 07:43 PM   #57
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As long as you are doing them weekly. In a small tank things can go south fast. Oh, so many Aussies on this site, maybe I should say...North. lol
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The chromis will get used to it eventually. Next time try to pour the water in a bit slower, so it doesn't displace as much sand. With the smaller PWC doing that should be easier. If you can somehow get the bucket higher than your tank, you could use the siphon to get the new water in too.
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The chromis will get used to it eventually. Next time try to pour the water in a bit slower, so it doesn't displace as much sand. With the smaller PWC doing that should be easier. If you can somehow get the bucket higher than your tank, you could use the siphon to get the new water in too.
Yea thats what I tried doing at first bc that seemed smarter, but i could figure out a way with 5 gallons, 2.5 gallons should be no problem.

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Getting more comfy in the tank...

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