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Old 03-29-2015, 12:50 PM   #141
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The one by CptSweetCheeksjr? That one isn't too bad.
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Old 03-29-2015, 12:57 PM   #142
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This one might make some of you blow a gasket... Especially the 2nd main story down...

http://www.reddit.com/r/Aquariums/co...what_are_your/


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I like the OP that states " I don't test for anything. After 8 years in the hobby I know what's happening by looking at the inhabitants in the tank." A little big for your britches aren't we? I think even 8 years in the hobby isn't long enough. Yep, had to stop reading these posts. It was making my skin crawl.

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Old 03-29-2015, 01:28 PM   #143
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I have an honest question.

I am very good at doing my water changes on time and keeping water quality.

My question is, in a planted tank that trace elements are supplemented and plants eat up the nitrates why change the water? I've wondered for quite some time. As I said I'm very precise on my water changes so criticism for trying to avoid them is not needed.


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Has to do with the TDS building up, in a open system live a lake water is constantly exchanged through the hydrologic cycle. In and aquarium it's the same water that's being filtered,


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Old 03-29-2015, 01:45 PM   #145
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There are minerals and elements believed to be taken from the water in order to support life that do not get replenished (well not easily because little is known about what is taken out and how much) without adding more water in.

Also I hate the one about the smell of nitrates. That is really dumb.
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Old 03-29-2015, 01:46 PM   #146
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I like the OP that states " I don't test for anything. After 8 years in the hobby I know what's happening by looking at the inhabitants in the tank." A little big for your britches aren't we? I think even 8 years in the hobby isn't long enough. Yep, had to stop reading these posts. It was making my skin crawl.

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I here ya. A lot of negligence and cockiness
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Has to do with the TDS building up, in a open system live a lake water is constantly exchanged through the hydrologic cycle. In and aquarium it's the same water that's being filtered,


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There are minerals and elements believed to be taken from the water in order to support life that do not get replenished (well not easily because little is known about what is taken out and how much) without adding more water in.



Also I hate the one about the smell of nitrates. That is really dumb.

Thank you. I've pondered this question quite a bit and figured it came down to the chemistry.

I was in the LFS a one day and a lady told the associate the last time she changed the water in her SW tank was 3 YEARS ago.


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That reminds me...

One of the associates at my local LFS (he represents the store poorly) sold 3 medium size (like 3-4") goldfish to a women with a 10 gallon uncycled tank and just said "feed a small pinch every other day and change the water weekly and you will be alright"
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Thank you. I've pondered this question quite a bit and figured it came down to the chemistry.
Glad we could help answer some questions.
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Thank you. I've pondered this question quite a bit and figured it came down to the chemistry.

I was in the LFS a one day and a lady told the associate the last time she changed the water in her SW tank was 3 YEARS ago.


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The only reason a salt water tank can function like that is that the live rock facilitates denitrification and works to keep the nitrates at an acceptable level.

The live rock and Sand also being made of calcium carbonate dissolve slowly when the water hits a certain pH level adding the buffering properties back into the water that the BB is using up. It's the same as using crushed coral to buffer the pH in a fresh water tank.

Definitely not a healthy way to run a tank, but *shrug*
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