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Old 08-22-2010, 12:48 PM   #11
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Old 08-22-2010, 12:50 PM   #12
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Why do you keep calling it dirty water? What indicates it is dirty??
And my fish do get stressed - they hide for hours after a water change. I use a siphon/hose to remove water and replace it, so it is not careless or clumsy. It is the same salinity (or slightly better) and same temp etc...My fish dont like anything in the tank other than themselves, not hands or siphons etc...

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well considering you only change out 3 gallons of water every other week (which isn't even 50% of the water) then i'm guessing a fair amount of poop/pee/uneaten food builds up, whether the ammonia is getting converted or not, there is still poo and uneaten food just hanging out in the tank. to me that's dirty! i don't know a lot about SW, but do you top off between PWC's? i do know that when the water evaporates, all the salt remains, which raises the salinity. in smaller tanks it can be crucial to top off regularly so the salinity doesn't get too high. what do you mean that the salinity is better in the water you use to top off? not sure if it's bad to change the salinity so drastically... if so, could be why your fish get stressed after a PWC.

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