Originally Posted by jetajockey
The weekly water change routine is more of a recent trend in the hobby. The outdated method would be the topoff only and bi annual top to bottom cleaning routine.
My dad asks why I do all the stuff I do to my wife's freshwater tank.
Back 50 years ago my grandmother had a planted tank and never done water changes she would top it off and once a year she would put the fish in buckets and clean everything from top to bottom then put fresh water and add the fish. And never ever used any sort of water treatment or chemical.
I seen hundreds of photos and the tank was very nice looking.
Just wanted to share that story. That was back when water was actually safe to drink