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Old 03-27-2012, 03:05 PM   #11
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2 responses & 2 different answers. The internet is certainly full of opinions!
How do you mix your water? 5G buckets? If so I like carey's suggestion - simple to do 2 buckets worth.
I do 5G on my 15G HT & QT, and 5G on my 36G DT. 33% for the smaller tanks, about 15% for the larger. 5G is just easy.

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+1 10g is a good amount to change.
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Old 03-27-2012, 03:19 PM   #13
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2 responses & 2 different answers. The internet is certainly full of opinions!
How do you mix your water? 5G buckets? If so I like carey's suggestion - simple to do 2 buckets worth.
I do 5G on my 15G HT & QT, and 5G on my 36G DT. 33% for the smaller tanks, about 15% for the larger. 5G is just easy.

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I mix my water in my 40g brute trash container. Mix it throughout the week and use it as needed for pwcs.

A bit surprised by the amount you guys are using for water changes. I'm doing 15g on my 125g+40g sump. Well I guess it's not that surprising if there's no skimmer being used on your smaller tanks.
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I mix my water in my 40g brute trash container. Mix it throughout the week and use it as needed for pwcs.

A bit surprised by the amount you guys are using for water changes. I'm doing 15g on my 125g+40g sump. Well I guess it's not that surprising if there's no skimmer being used on your smaller tanks.
You also need to take into consideration more then likely the smaller tank bioloads are larger per gallon then your 165 gallon system
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That depends on how the hobbyist stocks their tank. Just because a tank is smaller doesn't necessarily mean that there is more bioload/g.
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What I'm saying is people with small tanks will usually go fully stocked more often then not while in a larger tank such as yours understocking would be more common...I'm not claiming that tank size equates to Bioload/gallon just hobbyists tend to make that choice
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I usually have done 15% PWC`s with my tanks. I do mine every week but every two weeks would work for lightly stocked tanks.
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Are there any good inexpensive water systems? I pay 1.39 a galon for the pre mixed salt ro water right now
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I pay 79 cents maybe shopping around would be good
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$125 for an ro/di system then you can just always make your own..if your buying the saltwater in store you would also need to take into consideration gas expenses too
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