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View Poll Results: Water changes..... How often/How much?
Once a week 25% 63 25.93%
Once a week more than 25% 104 42.80%
Once every 2 weeks 25% 26 10.70%
Once every 2 weeks more than 25% 29 11.93%
Once a month 25% 10 4.12%
once a month more than 25% 11 4.53%
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Old 01-23-2011, 06:07 PM
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would hate to be paying your water bill

over here we are getting charged a lot for water usage these days so i let my filters do the work for me
filters do there work i just like to help them out alot plus growth rate is very important to my cyphs plus my bill is no nightmare so it all works out for the best over here
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Old 01-23-2011, 07:26 PM
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I do 25-30% a week using RO water thats been buffered on all my Tanganyikans, on fry tanks normally twice a week.
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May I ask why I'm the only one that believes in large water changes? I have seen tanks that only get 25% bi-weekly changes and they all have problems with either sick fish, small fish, algae or dirty substrate.
All depends on your tank, equipment, substrate, # of fish, species of fish, what you feed, water you start with, redox (important factor a lot of people aren't aware of), and other factors. I've bred thousands of fry of various species and guarantee I know what I'm doing and DO NOT get ANY of those problems in my tanks. I customize water changes to the needs of the particular tank, based on expertise gained from experience. For example, in my Kapampa tank with the 30% weekly water changes, nitrates at stay 5.

There are many ways to set up and balance a tank-- it really comes down to there being more than one way to do things. I just know what works for me.
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filters do there work i just like to help them out alot plus growth rate is very important to my cyphs plus my bill is no nightmare so it all works out for the best over here
Water is inexpensive over here in L.A. County. I completely drained my swimming pool (12,000 gallons I think) and my bill was about $7.00 more than usual I was surprised that it wasn't much more.

I do 50% water changes every 2 weeks, every day sounds like to much work for me I'm too lazy for that.

Eezzeebonez, you should look into a constant water changer like this one:

http://www.fmueller.com/home/aquaris...y/cawc-system/
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would hate to be paying your water bill

over here we are getting charged a lot for water usage these days so i let my filters do the work for me
I understand the "cost" factor of water consumption, but there is no filter in the world that can replace the benefits of water changes.

Most my tanks get 40-50% weekly, my heavier stocked tanks get 75% weekly, my Front tank gets 60% weekly. Water treated with prime as tanks are filling from the faucet. Works for me, never had a sick fish
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all my tanks 30 percent once a week have kept this routine for the last 20 yrs
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About 65% every week. 155 bowfront with 5 Zaire Blue Moliro, three Burundi, several large synodontis and (oddly enough) a large male albino peacock.

Two largest Moliro are about 13", as is largest Burundi.

If I did not do this, nitrate would soar way over 30 ppm, which is the highest I want to let it go. Tank established for five years.
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30% each week 125gl
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On most of my tanks I (try to) do 50% every two weeks. Heavily stocked grow out tanks (I try to) do once a week. Some lightly stocked tank I may wait several weeks. But regardless the amount of time I never do less than %50. Honestly I don't know what possible benefit you would gain by doing less when the most common answer to almost any fish related question is water changes, water changes, water changes... I use to do like 25-30% but found over time the water gradually continues to get worse. Specially if for some reason you skip a week or get busy and put it off for a while I'd feel better knowing it won't be as bad. Plus if you're going to go through the motions you might as well make it count!
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winter time I do 30-50% per week
summertime 50-100% per week
2-100g tubs for aging water. 2 cyphons and 1 powerpump for refilling. Someday I will change to autowaterchange!
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