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Old 10-09-2012, 12:58 AM   #1
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Changing out water in your tank...

Do any of you change out a portion of water in your tank each month? I was reading on marineland web site about changing carbon out in an activated carbon filter and they suggest you change 25% of your water out a month? Is it necessary to do this? What about when you have a 50 gallon tank? A fourth of the water? Do you condition it in buckets before?
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:59 AM   #2
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Do any of you change out a portion of water in your tank each month? I was reading on marineland web site about changing carbon out in an activated carbon filter and they suggest you change 25% of your water out a month? Is it necessary to do this? What about when you have a 50 gallon tank? A fourth of the water? Do you condition it in buckets before?
I change like 60% of my water every 3 days
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:44 AM   #3
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Your bong water I assume? Ido t have a bong with a fifty gallon resivor.
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Your bong water I assume? Ido t have a bong with a fifty gallon resivor.
Bahaha! Actually my 55g gets one every 3 days then my fry tanks ranging from 20-10g and my 29g about every 5 or 6 days, and my 10g Betta/shrimp/snails weekly.

Sounds like water changes aren't really your style... Eh?
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Not necessarily. I would do it for the aquarium. But why are you changing the water in your 55 gallon tank (60 %) every three days? A friend who got me interested in aquariums does not do it that often. Just curious. Seems like a lot of work to drain 30 gallons and replace it everyday.
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Correction; every three days. Please advise. Thanks
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Correction; every three days. Please advise. Thanks
I do it because I need to, to keep the water safe for my fish I have to change the water to remove excessive nitrates, replace minerals, remove waste, etc.

Most people don't have to do it as often, once weekly is pretty much the standard. My 55g Mixed African tank is heavily stocked so I need to do frequent water changes to keep them healthy.
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It all depends on your stocking level, planted or not, and filtration. Maybe a few other things to determine how much and often you should do water changes. The only way to answer them 2 questions are with a liquid test kit ie api freshwater master test kit or saltwater kit depending on what you have obviously
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:42 AM   #9
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Fair enough. I personally am in the learning/planning stages and so all info is helpful. I do not intend on having any live plants. I do plan to have multiple filters, bubbles, etc. I know pets mart will test your water for you... Are the kits fairly easy to understand? What kind of filtration sys would you go with on a 50g tank!
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Also can you give me an idea on stocking level, with no live plants in a 50g? What kind of water changeout are you looking at?
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