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Old 08-02-2014, 02:41 PM   #1
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Water change schedule for new tank

So my 54 corner tank is roughly 38 days old, I've done a 20% change followed by a 30% change in the past two weeks (this was also in efforts to dilute stress coat I used). I was planning on waiting 2 weeks before my next 20% water change. I know a weekly or biweekly water change schedule is pretty common but was wondering if there is any benefit by not changing water in beginning stages of a new system?
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Old 08-02-2014, 03:19 PM   #2
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Are you using a skimmer >that will remove the sludge from the stress coat
water changes most likely wont remove it , since the film floats on the surface of the water ,

I never use stress coat in a saltwater system

is the system fully cycled

Bi weekly water changes are ok till you start adding stock and start feeding
remember the trick is to go slow , start with 1 or 2 small fish wait around 2 weeks add 2 more than wait 2 more if adding any larger fish add 1 and wait 2 weeks
just be sure they are compatible and get along with 1 another and they don't over rate your tank size ,
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I was actually trying to dilute it so my skimmer wouldn't go crazy. Should I just run my skimmer and let it overflow until it stops?


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Been advised too do that on here b4, the skimmer pretty much starts overflowing immediately, I'm nervous it could drain my tank to much.
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you can always do what I did ,
I drilled a 1/2 hole in skimmer cup about a 1/16th of a inch from the bottom
added a 1/2 inch tube into hole and glued it in ,
after it dries add a hose and run it to a big milk jug
saves having to empty every day I like having it like this just replace milk jug weekly throw away the one with skim-mate
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My skimmer actually already has a hole in it, I guess I'll premix some water And if it drains too much I'll be ready.
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