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Old 08-15-2014, 10:45 AM   #11
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Water Changes

Water changes is a good topic.

The real need for large, frequent water changes isn't entirely based on how many fish you have in the tank and the need to remove their waste, it's also based on the need to replenish the minerals the filtration process removes over a period of time.

The tank water moves through your filter multiple times a day and the filter media removes minerals the fish and plants need for good health. By changing out a lot of water regularly, you replace the minerals that filtration removes.

Remove and replace a lot of tank water and do it regularly and your effort will be rewarded with healthy fish and plants.

Pretty simple.

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Old 08-15-2014, 11:37 PM   #12
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Water changes is a good topic.

The real need for large, frequent water changes isn't entirely based on how many fish you have in the tank and the need to remove their waste, it's also based on the need to replenish the minerals the filtration process removes over a period of time.

The tank water moves through your filter multiple times a day and the filter media removes minerals the fish and plants need for good health. By changing out a lot of water regularly, you replace the minerals that filtration removes.

Remove and replace a lot of tank water and do it regularly and your effort will be rewarded with healthy fish and plants.

Pretty simple.

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The carbon does? I've never heard that?... don't run carbon lol
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Old 08-22-2014, 03:15 AM   #13
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I think it really does depend on the stock. Discus need much cleaner water than your typical livebearers. If I can do by weekly changes on my discus tank I do. I don't do the full gravel clean, just a rooms the top inch for mid week. When I had a community tank I could do a 20% once a week and everything was golden. I know those are extreme examples but it shows how the stock can make a difference.


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Old 08-29-2014, 09:23 AM   #15
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I have a 30g as it's a smaller tank I do fortnightly changes and everything is going well.


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I've had tanks set up for 13 years and I have fish that are 13 years old and moved them to a new house 10 years ago. I do 30% water changes every month for freshwater and every 2 weeks for saltwater. If you allow your tank to get "dirty", you and your fish are in for trouble. If you can't afford 15 min water changes every month then don't set up a tank. If you think you need water changes every week then get a life. Just my opinion. I really don't think they're required that often unless you're severely overstocked in which case you're flirting with disaster.


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I've had tanks set up for 13 years and I have fish that are 13 years old and moved them to a new house 10 years ago. I do 30% water changes every month for freshwater and every 2 weeks for saltwater. If you allow your tank to get "dirty", you and your fish are in for trouble. If you can't afford 15 min water changes every month then don't set up a tank. If you think you need water changes every week then get a life. Just my opinion. I really don't think they're required that often unless you're severely overstocked in which case you're flirting with disaster.


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While your method will work in some instances, it won't work for all instances. It really depends on the stock you are trying to keep. ( That's not opinion BTW )
As previously stated in this thread, you are changing water for other reasons than just because the water is dirty. Hopefully, your fish are getting what they need with your water changing schedule.
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Old 09-01-2014, 11:26 PM   #18
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In my opinion when dealing with fish you should do the research and stick by it. Like this link : http://rockymountaindiscus.com/Discu...er_Changes.htm
But if you are throwing catfish you caught behind the house, I'm sure water changes are no big deal.


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Depends on the situation. Some tank stocks are nitrate factories so weekly wc's are a must. Other tanks are less of an issue especially planted tanks, although one still has to be relatively on top of nutrient levels for best results.
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Most of my tanks are a bit over stocked so I usually do 25/30% w/c every 3/4 days after testing.

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