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Old 03-27-2012, 02:42 PM   #1
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I keep being told different things by my lfs's . How frequent should I be doing water changes on my 55 gallon?
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Old 03-27-2012, 02:43 PM   #2
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Don't trust your lfs, trust us.

Most of us do 50% weekly water changes, no matter the size of the tank. I do 50% from my 16 gallon up to my 75 gallon weekly.
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I would do 10g weekly changes on that size tank. I did the same on my 55g and it worked out really well.
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I do 10-15 gallon on my 46 with 20 sump/refuge and never get above 0-5 ppm on trates...there's even been a couple weeks I go 2 weeks and still don't go over 0-5 ppm so imo anything over 20 gallons unless extremely overstocked is a waste of money and water
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Is there a difference in percentage of water changes between salt and fresh? (sorry OP, I just noticed that your post was under salt).
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Usually. I do alot larger changes on my FW tanks than salt ones. It also depends on the tank. Some require more water changes and higher amounts based on feeding, stocking and rock amount and if a skimmer is being used.
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Is there a difference in percentage of water changes between salt and fresh? (sorry OP, I just noticed that your post was under salt).
The nitrification process is exactly the same so in a sense no but salt water tanks tend be a lot lighter of the Bioload per gallon so that's what seems to be the major factor in the smaller changes...really with my tank my nitrates seem to not he able to get over 5 ppm due to the refugium so I'm only doing my changes to replenish my calcium and other elements
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oops, almost forgot a big point in difference. LOL If you don't have your own ro/di machine then you are paying about $1 a gallon for the mixed saltwater. So that can REALLY add up.
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Wow, I actually learned something today, thanks you guys!
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oops, almost forgot a big point in difference. LOL If you don't have your own ro/di machine then you are paying about $1 a gallon for the mixed saltwater. So that can REALLY add up.
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I dont have a sump so does that make a difference. I am doing 10 gallons a week but lfs said that was to much.
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