04-28-2013, 10:53 PM #1
can i preform a water change 1 day after adding fish.
as some of you now i got a German ram yesterday.
this is my 8th day without a water change.
can i do one now or is it to stressful for my ram.
my nitrate is reaching 10-20.
i know how that can be lethal to a ram.
can it wait till tomorrow or should i do a water change now
04-28-2013, 11:18 PM #2
even a small one like 20-25%
04-28-2013, 11:51 PM #3
He is stressed already, No point in him having to go through that stress in marginal conditions. With a little thought you could have done this before he arrived instead of moving him into a dirty house
Small WC are almost useless [As a 'one time' thing - You have to do them VERY regularly]. Do a full on WC and give him some nice fresh water .
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04-29-2013, 12:09 AM #4
I wasn't aware "20" Nitrates was lethal to anything, I know it's not for Seahorses and delicate corals. Mine almost never reach 20, but it has once or twice gone to 30 when I had to go away, so I was surprised to see that written. What's done is done and you caught it in time so I won't lecture you. Now you know. If you have the water available, right temperature, de-chlorinated and right pH, you can change as much as you like preferably more than 40%. Syphon off the water by doing a good substrate cleaning at the same time, that will drop your Nitrates to negligible levels in no time. And you can do daily's if you so choose to get it down to zero...Life is tough, it's even tougher if your stupid.
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04-29-2013, 12:26 AM #5
i was jut guessing. usually after 7 days my nitrate is at 10. i said 10-20 because i don't know. so i will do a 30% water change now. and every week a 25%. just forgot to do one yesterday. should've i know
04-29-2013, 01:50 AM #6
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07-14-2013, 03:23 AM #8
Vafa, I would do at least a 50% W/C regardless. And I'd do about the same weekly. Fresh water is always good.
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07-14-2013, 03:53 AM #9
As for advice for the OP. Go ahead and do a water change. As long as the parameters of the water are right (temp, pH, etc.) it's not going to stress the fish.
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