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Old 09-24-2002, 03:44 AM   #11
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Bett,

It would never have occurred to me to do a small water change daily. I can see it could easily become habit. I am wondering about the constant flux in the water, one the one hand I could imagine the benefits, but on another, I wonder if the daily change never allows the tank to become static. Food for thought, here.

Any one else do a daily small change? I like the idea of making the job of water changing as small and simple as Bett has. Opinions, please. I could possibly be changing my routine!

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Old 09-24-2002, 07:46 AM   #12
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Sue, One of my SW aquarium books listed this way as an option. I will look it up later today and get back to you.
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Old 09-24-2002, 02:18 PM   #13
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Regarding the small daily water changes...
From Michael S. Paletta's "The New Marine Aquarium"
"After experimenting with just about every water-change scenario, I now
employ the routine of a 5% change every other week. I've seen visible improvements in my tanks with this water-change plan. (Other equally successful aquarists have different schedules: weekly changes of 5%, biweekly of 10% or even a very small daily water change--in the order of 1/2% to 1% of the tank's volume. Old-school hobbyists often practiced large water changes of 25 to 30%, but these tend to be more stressful on the livestock and are not recommended for typical marine aquariums except in emergencies or major rescue efforts.)"

Different strokes for different folks.
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Old 09-24-2002, 09:38 PM   #14
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Bett,

Thanks so much for looking this up for me. I am aware of Michael's book. It makes sense, for sure, daily changes! I will have to give this some real thought. I like the idea of small and often... thus part of a routine.

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Old 11-17-2003, 01:35 PM   #15
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I have used the 5% a week method for three years. I dont have state of the art equipment and I am sucessfully keeping carnation corals, hard and soft corals, etc.
I am running a 4 inch live sand dsb to help.
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I'm a newbie and couldn't afford a sump, and truthfully I don't understand them (I read the article). However I created a plan to change water and tested it on two 20 gallon buckets, and it was fairly painless. I tried describing the process, but It was to complicated so I didn't post it.
If you have any suggestions for those who are sumpless please post it.
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Old 09-19-2004, 01:03 PM   #17
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I too don't understand the sump situation. I would think that if the power went off that the syphon would cause the whole tank to drain onto the floor.
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Old 09-19-2004, 10:43 PM   #18
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I know it wouldn't, I did some research and some of them have one way valves and auto shutoff.
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Old 11-24-2004, 04:18 PM   #19
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I buy pre made water from the fish store and do my water changes.

every Tuesday 10%...... 10% for me is only 2 gallons.

I just use hoses to siphon the water out and then fresh back in. It takes literally 5 minutes.
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Old 12-23-2004, 04:18 PM   #20
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I change 10G of my water every two to three weeks in my 80G tank.

I live in San Diego and get filtered ocean water from the Birch Aquarium for free. I usualy vacum the sand and if necessary I clean exess algea from the live rock.
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