View Full Version : How often do you do water changes?
12-07-2006, 03:50 PM
Answer honestly now.
12-07-2006, 03:52 PM
About every 5 days here.
12-07-2006, 04:10 PM
every 5-6 days. 60-70%. unless i'm on vacation
I do water changes by at least once a week but i try sometimes an extra 10-25%.
12-07-2006, 09:14 PM
Every weekend here at about 25 percent.
12-07-2006, 09:40 PM
At the risk of getting linched here, I must be honest, not nearly as often as I should.
12-07-2006, 11:55 PM
I forgive you crackatinny. Right now I'm doing them about once a week but plan on slowing down to once every two weeks once things settle. I'll probably change the water as needed based on nitrate levels and such in the future.
12-08-2006, 12:54 AM
12-08-2006, 02:41 AM
We could have guessed with you! lol
12-08-2006, 06:08 AM
Do you use the waste water on your lawns, we would be shot here in Aus if we used that much water, big drought and heavy restrictions, been that way a few years now.
12-08-2006, 12:45 PM
I am on well water, so it all ends up back in the ground. I drain the 150 and my 40 into the bushes in front of the house so I don't overflow the drain field. I will be dong the same with most of the ones in my room soon. We just need to install a drain pipe so it is not just draining down the side of the house.
12-10-2006, 02:06 PM
I've recently stepped things up from one 20% change weekly to two 20% changes weekly. I must say, apart from my PH slowly going up from 6.5 to 7 (and my biceps doubling in size from all that water hauling ;P),
everything seems to be going very well.
12-11-2006, 10:37 PM
45% twice a week.
12-12-2006, 10:57 AM
I try to do it once a week (1/3 of the water), but it slips every now and then due to various work or lazyness related reasons. That's not a big worry as only one of the tanks are fully stocked, the rest have maybe half the fish I could drop in them.
12-19-2006, 11:47 PM
I go about 10% each day if im not busy
12-20-2006, 01:49 AM
Im doing 50% a day. only because my ammonia is so high. Also i dump mine out the window since 50% is only 5 gallons. Its fun to watch and scare people that are by the window below, since our computer is right by that window.
i get about twice a week. once for sure though.
02-16-2007, 12:50 AM
i have a 75 gallon freshwater, and i never change my water! once and awhile ill take 5-10 gallons out and replace them, could this be the cause of my green hair algae problem on my 2 artificial decorations?? the plants dont get algae...
02-16-2007, 12:54 AM
I put once a week b/c that's what we're starting in our 40 gal now. We've been doing more because the tank was newly set up. After my 10 gal is cycled I'll be doing that prob once a week, maybe a bit more since it's a 10 gal tank with only a 5-10 gal filter. OUr 40 gal has a 70gal capacity filter.
02-16-2007, 01:16 AM
Once a month in my 55 gallon goldfish tank (I use Easybalance, which reduces nitrates ALOT)
Once a week in my 10g planted tropical tank.
about 30-40% each time
02-16-2007, 01:46 AM
if its a mediumly to heavily stocked, once a week. Lightly, every 2 weeks to a month
02-16-2007, 01:47 AM
oh, i already submitted a post. someone else opened it again. lol
...30% every two weeks...and top up inbetween!!!
02-17-2007, 05:37 AM
I change out just over 5 gallons of my 29 gallon tank once a week. I am cycling so I don't want to change too much water untill it stabalizes. So far my nitrate and ammonia are low for a cycling tank. It is three weeks into the cycle and my ammonia is .50-1.0 and nitrate is about 10. My nitrite is 0 (I think this is due to the aquarium salt I put in) I also use stress zyme as directed.
I change out about half of my betta's bowl 1-2 times a week depending on how dirty the bottom is. This is only temp house for him...he will eventually move into the 29 gallon.
02-17-2007, 05:49 AM
What fish are you using to cycle? It sounds like you don't have any bacteria yet. The first kind of bacteria will produce nitrite so if you don't have that you likely don't have anything.
02-17-2007, 05:49 AM
Also salt will not effect the nitrites.
02-19-2007, 10:56 AM
25% each weekend on both tanks and about 10% mid week on my 42G. Finding the time during the week is the hardest part!
02-19-2007, 12:16 PM
I've been doing 25% weekly trying to slowly increase this to get up to around 40-50% increaseing by about 5% each week.
02-19-2007, 12:43 PM
So far my nitrate and ammonia are low for a cycling tank. It is three weeks into the cycle and my ammonia is .50-1.0 and nitrate is about 10. My nitrite is 0 (I think this is due to the aquarium salt I put in) I also use stress zyme as directed.
Your tank has not yet produced the ammonia eating bacteria or you would have 0 ammonia and high nitrites. Make sure you do no cleaning or change the filters or you'll set the tank back. You will have to do small water changes to keep the ammonia down if you have fish in the tank but if you're doing the fishless cycle, let it go.
Salt does not keep nitrites away but it does help to keep them less toxic. The nitrite will increase very soon and ammonia will began to lessen. Should have happened by now! You may have higher nitrates due to over feeding. During a cycle, feed very sparlingly. Even 3 days or so and this will also help with the ammonia levels.
02-19-2007, 02:52 PM
I do about 50% in the 10 gallon, and i do about a 30% in the 29 every 7-10 days
02-19-2007, 03:01 PM
right now im slowing down to every 2 weeks cause i have that vacuum that nets waste but puts the water back in, and i usually use the tool twice a day
02-19-2007, 03:11 PM
About 50% weekly.
02-19-2007, 08:44 PM
Every two weeks here.
03-08-2007, 04:20 PM
I change 5 gallons and vac/rinse floss twice a week in a 29 gallon tank. I add "Cycle".
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