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Post  COCOBIRD on Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:56 pm

How often do ya'll do water changes?

Since starting the tank I've been changing it at least twice a week (maybe 30%)...it's a lot easier with the hose that attaches to the sink that came with the tank, so it's not really a bd...

But I was wondering about the "norm"

I've been checking the water every other day with the test strips, though to be honest I don't see anything other than the water is hard.


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Post  neogeo20041 on Sun Mar 10, 2013 9:22 pm

15 to 20% once a week is fine depending how stocked your tank is Smile.
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Post  Amp2020 on Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:29 pm

Have to do WC on my planted tanks every two weeks, but will do weekly WC if possible. If I go a month without a WC then hair algae starts growing.

On the community tank I do monthly WC as long as everything is looking good.

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Post  VeeSe on Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:50 pm

50% once a week. Have not missed a week for more than 2 years.

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Post  Alowishus on Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:34 am

The most important thing is consistency. Well, the most important thing is keeping toxins down to safe levels, but after that - consistency. Whether you change weekly, biweekly, or monthly, maintain that interval. Reevaluate any time you alter the bioload in the tank, of course.

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Post  Fern on Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:42 pm

50% every 2 weeks
Get a liquid test kit, those strips are very unreliable.
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Post  COCOBIRD on Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:09 pm

I do need to get a different water test. Maybe I'm colorblind. Is there one available that will display numbers?

I'm still changing the water a few times a week. Not a lot of water but enough to vacuum the sand pretty thoroughly. I think a lot of this is from over feeding but I don't see all of the fish eating. I know they need to learn to eat what I give them but I've still acquired quite a number of containers of fish food and am still varying what I give them. Question
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Post  williemcd on Wed Mar 20, 2013 1:30 am

COco.. I've a API master test kit avil for like 12.00, about 1/3rd of retail. To ID the levels, just hold the vial in FRONT of the chart, and one will stick out.

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