Originally Posted by Mebbid
Changing filter media only needs to be done when the old filter is literally falling apart. Even then the best way to do it is to leave the old filter pad in the filter along with the new one in order to allow the bacteria to spread.
As for water changes, its generally accepted that a weekly water change of 25-50% is good tank upkeep. Personally, I don't even bother with trying a less than 50% change. Doing weekly 50% changes gets even more important when you have live plants.
What are your nitrates usually at when you get them tested?
I haven't had them tested since I planted.. I will get them tested tomorrow, I only have pH strips- I need to invest in a test kit, but I've been investing as I can afford...
What do the plants do to make the water bad??? Just curious.