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Brenden 06-01-2005 04:32 PM

Water change question
What is the main thing to check for in determining when to do a water change and how large of a change to do?

RLG2182 06-01-2005 04:33 PM

I think it's all a matter of preference. I do a 20% water change every two weeks. I suppose you only really need to when trace elements go down, and when other numbers are out of wack... like needing to get your nitrates down. I've heard of some people going months... I'm assuming that they have fuges and other add-ons to help them keep their tanks nice and stable. :)

Brenden 06-01-2005 04:40 PM

I am all for the "going for months" theory, but I want to make sure I do it right. 20% would be over 100 gallons a month for me I hope it is not that much. I have a wet/dry, UV and skimmer. I have debated having a fuge. Do they make that much of a difference?

quarryshark 06-01-2005 04:45 PM

I do 10-15 gallons a week and not all at one time. 5 gallons every 2-3 days. Just made it a part of my routine.

zach119 06-01-2005 05:39 PM

what are the trace elements ?

SALTYDAWGY 06-01-2005 11:06 PM

100 gallons is your 20%. I wish I had that problem.
I had a 55 salt with only fish. It was well stocked for 4 years with no problems. I did a water change once a year (And I am not being sarcastic) I had a really good skimmer and the fish were healthy all but a desjardini with HLLE. I think that was due to a difficiency of vitamins and minerals from the lack of changes. I would never attempt this with a reef. Why not just break it up like quarry recommended. How about 5% a week which works out to around 25 gallons. That is way more manageable.

mjvincent 06-02-2005 07:47 AM

I do a 10% weekly... Once your tank is stabilized watch your nitrates and trace elements.

SeriousDude5 06-06-2005 01:04 AM

I do a 15-20% weekly.

PBirdsong 06-06-2005 01:13 AM

How hard do you all try to match the temp of your new water with the temp of the aquarium? I have always figured replacing 20 percent with ice cold water and letting the heater do it's thing would be a shock to the fish. I have gotten pretty anal about making sure the temp is close.

SeriousDude5 06-06-2005 07:32 AM

For topoffs room since its about 76-78degrees. When I do a water change its rigt on within a few tenths.

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