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Old 05-30-2021, 01:38 AM   #1
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115 Gallen tank water change

How often, do I need to do a water change in a 115-gallon tank. A number of people tell me different things. Some say 25% weekly others say 25% every two weeks. Petsmart told me not to do a weekly change and, do it every 5 months because of big tanks you should keep the fish bacteria in the tank. I;. current running an fx4 on the tank and 16 fish.

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Your water change schedule will be determined by your bioload. A lightly stocked tank might be ok to do a small water change every month, a very heavily stocked tank might need a big water change more than once a week.

Typically you do water changes to keep nitrate below 40ppm. Be careful doing a big water change though if you havent been keeping up with them. If water quality has deteriorated due to lack of maintenance and you try to rectify with one big water change then the sudden change of water parameters can stress the fish and cause issues.

Do you know your water parameters?

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