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Old 10-20-2008, 12:18 AM   #1
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Be gentle, but I need to know.... My current tank (55g) is about due a pwc. I just checked the water and it is just about perfect. amonia o, nitrite 0, nitrates under 20. My question is how important are the water changes when the specs are right in the aquarium.
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Very important. The PWCs will replenish the trace elements used by the critters in your tank.
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In speaking of bacteria they are constantly in flux consuming food sources, but without waste export they will continue to build and increase the levels you speak of. Various elements are also constantly depleted over time. As the water degrades and the constant import of waste is accumulated, the need to be exported/refreshed with anew is eventual or quality of life also degrades.
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Thanks, that's what I needed to know. Everything is copestetic, and I would like it to stay that way!
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My recommendation is to do PWCs every other week. I have been doing so on my system since I started it. Keeping those trace elements replenished and the waste exported as Innovator said helps keep things in balance. Better water quality = successful tank.
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Thanks! Time to mix up water.When I mix up the salt water it always makes me want a Margaretta. Strange.
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Lol!
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I say mix both up! Just make sure to finish the PWC before you do the Margareta
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And don't get the snails mixed up with the glass!
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maybe I should stick with beer...
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