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Old 09-02-2006, 04:36 PM   #1
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I've had my fowlr tank set up for two months now. I've gone through the cycling process successfully. My perams are all good. ph-8.2, ammonia, nitrites and nitrates are all at 0. My salinity is 1.022. My question is if all my readings are good is it necessary to do water changes?
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Usually after cycling you will get high nitrates which is the end result and then yes you should do a PWC to lower them. Did you ever experience a large ammonia spike? And even if everything is good a PWC wont hurt. I always say a PWC wont hurt.
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PWC's also replenish depleted minerals in the tank. I do 12% weekly.
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I would always suggest atleast 10% weekly
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PWC's also replenish depleted minerals in the tank.
I 2nd that! Very important, IMO.
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no, I didn't have a really big ammonia spike. My nitrites were very small and I never experienced a nitrate spike at all. I have since done a 12% water change and all my readings are at 0 and my ph is still consistant at 8.2. my salinity runs between 1.022 and 1.023. I haven't purchased anything other than my yellowtail damsel just to make sure that I have completely cycled except some turbo snails and a peppermint shrimp for the glass anemone problem and they all look good and healthy, no signs of any kind of stress.
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I think that you're in fine shape. Add fish slowly, thus allowing your beneficial bacteria to keep up with your increasing bio-load. Usually not more than one fish in ten days.

Sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor. :>)
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