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Old 09-25-2004, 11:48 PM   #11
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I have been talking with a guy who has been caring for and selling saltwater fish and inverts for eleven years and he told me that he does water changes four times a year. All the specimens that I have bought from him are doing great.
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Old 09-26-2004, 12:19 AM   #12
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I have been talking with a guy who has been caring for and selling saltwater fish and inverts for eleven years and he told me that he does water changes four times a year. All the specimens that I have bought from him are doing great.
Essential trace elements should be replenished in a closed system. If he changes water quarterly he is probably dosing a lot of chemicals. Much cheaper and easier to do water changes IMO.
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Ya agreed he is probably dosing with trace elements.

Until you have the experience, and the know hoe to dose, not to mention the test kits, you should do reg. water changes.
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I'm not saying I'm not going to do water changes but I don't think I'll do more then one a month unless required. Salt mix is very expensive and I don't want to waste it. I'm not trying to be cheap or anything but I do test my water very regularly and I feel I'm on top of things. I'm not trying to move too fast neither allowing my biofilter to hopefully keep up with everything.Knock on wood
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Ya once a month sounds fine. The thing with corals and water changes are that certain trace element can be depleted, and you can still have good test results. Just keep up a good routine and youll be good!!
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If you do a 20-25% change monthly you will be fine. But doing 5% weekly will cost you about the same $$ in salt and be more effective.
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