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Old 05-16-2014, 12:32 PM   #6591
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Had to go to work first thing and water was still cold. Yay almost done! I did get bioboost though for bacterial maintenance.

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Bacteria will maintain themselves naturally one they become established.

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Old 05-16-2014, 03:24 PM   #6592
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50% WC on the 55 and the aquaponics system. The latter didn't really need it, but the pH was running a little high, probably because I'm overdosing the potassium carbonate. I love being able to at least get 2 uses out of my water now, though.

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Old 05-16-2014, 03:35 PM   #6593
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I switched my co2 diffuser around & now with a powerhead pointed right at my HC. Hoping that'll help it grow.
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Old 05-16-2014, 05:19 PM   #6594
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I am going to add some since I replaced one cartridge. I think Blanche is in her way out as well. I just did the 50% WC, but I wonder if it is enough, now, to pull her through.

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Old 05-17-2014, 06:26 AM   #6595
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I am going to add some since I replaced one cartridge. I think Blanche is in her way out as well. I just did the 50% WC, but I wonder if it is enough, now, to pull her through.

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IME 50% water change will do more harm than good, it changes the water chemistry too much and upsets the fish. That said, livebearers can be notoriously fickle and die off at times for little or no reason.

I don't change more than 15% of the water at any one time. I overfilter, and if i feel i need to change water, i do it every 3 days or so at < 15% amounts.
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Old 05-17-2014, 09:34 AM   #6596
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50 % clean on my elephant nose tank and added some more red ramshorn snails.

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Old 05-17-2014, 10:30 AM   #6597
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IME 50% water change will do more harm than good, it changes the water chemistry too much and upsets the fish. That said, livebearers can be notoriously fickle and die off at times for little or no reason.

I don't change more than 15% of the water at any one time. I overfilter, and if i feel i need to change water, i do it every 3 days or so at < 15% amounts.
I would have done my weekly 50% today. I just did it a day ahead of time.

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Old 05-17-2014, 10:34 AM   #6598
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I done a 35% water change on my 55 gal reef tank
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Old 05-17-2014, 10:36 AM   #6599
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IME 50% water change will do more harm than good, it changes the water chemistry too much and upsets the fish. That said, livebearers can be notoriously fickle and die off at times for little or no reason.

I don't change more than 15% of the water at any one time. I overfilter, and if i feel i need to change water, i do it every 3 days or so at < 15% amounts.
Have you checked your nitrates lately? Large, regular water changes are the best thing you can do to keep your fish healthy. Nitrates are NOT harmless, but they are far less harmful than nitrites and ammonia.

15% does little to change water chemistry, including toxin removal-the main reason for water changes.

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Weekly water change, one day late. Fed plants. Took pic of newly planted Staurogyne repens. Watched mystery snails and corys feast on zucchini slice.
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