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Old 09-02-2015, 09:53 AM   #1
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What do you guys think about water changes do you hate them? Love them? Or just don't really care? I actually like doing them its kind of relaxing...


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Old 09-02-2015, 10:38 AM   #2
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I find them relaxing once I get started and into it. What I can never figure out is it takes me all up between 90 to 120 minutes each week on DT which is 150 gal but the 5 gal takes about 20 minutes or longer. I always think the 5 gal should be a 5 minute job but it never is.
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Old 09-02-2015, 11:17 AM   #3
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I'm sort of in the middle on them. Not a hassle but I wouldn't say I love doing them.

I do them with care because I know it benefits the health of my fish. I study during the display water change because it takes like an hour+


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It is necessary. If well organized, (routine), it is no longer difficult.
Every morning a tank. One third. You always have healthy fish and beautiful plants. Check. TTS maximum 200 ppm.
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It is necessary. If well organized, (routine), it is no longer difficult.
Every morning a tank. One third. You always have healthy fish and beautiful plants. Check. TTS maximum 200 ppm.
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That's strange. My plants are always healthy and so are my fish. I change my water much less often and I have 150ppm TDS (I assume you meant?)

OP Water changes are 100% necessary but the frequency and amount really depends on the tank in question in my opinion. The more experienced you become and the more familiar you become with how your tank and livestock reacts to water changes you can easily devise your own routine with good reasoning.

Most people do 50% water changes once a week. I would advise the same to beginners. Now I do water changes much less often and little and sold one of my tanks. I don't mind water changes at all


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Yes, you are right. It should not be generalized. It depends on the fish population, from feeding, from the filter and also on the quality of the tap water. If you have 150 ppm, it is very good.
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Yes, you are right. It should not be generalized. It depends on the fish population, from feeding, from the filter and also on the quality of the tap water. If you have 150 ppm, it is very good.
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My tap water is more like 60ppm it has risen and seems to have capped at 150ppm for now. I was just making a point that even with my less stringent regime TDS is still lower. You are right about not generalising though. 50% once a week would cover most bases.


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I personally feel better after doing a wc because I can tell that my fish are saying "ahhh that feels better." Also it's my way of relaxing. I just put some jams on and go to town.

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I always DREAD water changes and then think "woah, that wasn't bad at all!" They take about 30 mins for a 29 gallon tank.
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I hated water changes until I invested in a python style water changer. Its effortless now and no excuses. I can do 60-75% on all my tanks in about an hour total. 55, 65, 29, 10g tanks.

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