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Old 12-10-2014, 10:49 AM   #11
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In general, this is bad advice. Removing that solid debris before it breaks down will slow the rise of nitrates. Perhaps in a heavily planted tank, you may want the extra ammonia and nitrates created, but in many tanks (perhaps even most) this would be bad advice.

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Nothing wrong with water changes. I agree totally with him on that. Water changes are very important. You can't change too much water. However, I am a proponent of removing debris before it can break down. That means removal from the tank and the filter, since anything in the filter must be considered to be still in the tank.
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I had a 5 gallon, 10 gallon, 20 long, and 29 high tank and it works in all of them.
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I have an Oscar that gets stressed every time I do a water change. He lays on his side and takes an hour or so to act normal. Does anyone else have this problem?


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Old 03-07-2015, 08:32 AM   #15
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I have an Oscar that gets stressed every time I do a water change. He lays on his side and takes an hour or so to act normal. Does anyone else have this problem?


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Thats normal. Its not soo much stress.... but rather them being giant sissies. Nothing to worry about.
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If you use an electric gravel vac I'd suggest testing for Ammonia, nitrite & nitrate before and after just to see if there is any noticeable change.

My 75G is heavily planted and sits at 10ppm nitrate if I leave it alone.. I change the water perhaps monthly and it stays crystal clear! My 30G with one goldfish tends to need weekly (or every other) changes.

I just test the nitrates to determine when a water change is needed. If it's much over 10ppm I'll do a change to bring it down to 10 or under, here's how I determine it...

20ppm - 50%
30ppm - 66% (2/3)
40+ppm - 75%

If you're much over 40ppm do a second change in a couple days.
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Thanks! I'm a newbie and feel I'm in over my head at times. I've recently moved my Oscar and convict to a 60 gallon. I cycled it for a week including a dirty filter from the previous tank and all readings were acceptable. However, a few days later I smelled an odor, which I researched was probably ammonia. The test was high so I did a big water change...it's my first time using a canister filter. I did a LOT of research and thought it was sufficient. It's a Sun Sun Hw303B 370 GPH. I'm testing the water daily and ammonia is till a little high....all other readings are good....any advice? Click image for larger version

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