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Thread: Water changes?

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    I've recently set up a 50 (fully cycled) with 6 juvenille boesemani's. I am used to my old ways with large water changes in a coldwater tank. My lfs has told me to "cool it" with my 50% water changes saying that boesemani's are sensitive to large changes... Could someone give me their thoughts on this. I really do want to do this right. I do my changes with a python and use Prime. Thanks!

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    Unless you have drastically different ph from the tap than what's in the tank, I don't see the issue with large water changes.

    If/when they say that you should ask them why they believe that to be true.

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    I thought the same....my ph is all but identical....and when I asked he just said they were sensitive fish?

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    Large waterchanges will cause no problems. Some people with discus do 75% waterchanges every other day, and rainbows are nowhere near as sensitive as discus.

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    Fresh water, like fresh air, is never a bad idea, whatever type of creature you are talking about. So long as parameters are matched, fresh water can only be positive.

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    I have neon dwarf rainbows, which are very sensitive and I do a weekly 40% PWC. No problems, fish never look stressed and seem to enjoy the fresh water when I'm done.
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    I like what I'm hearing..... thanks for the info! I am a fanatic about low nitrates!

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    Water changes are the absoultly best way but if the tap water isn't the best (has some nitrates and/or other bad guys like ammonia or nitrite) an algae filter will remove these. Unlike regular bio-filters that produce nitrates, algae filters consume nitrates (and even some other organics besides the ones I listed) and only an once a week cleaning of old algae is all that one has to do (no foods/chemicals or special upkeep at all.)

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