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11-22-2013, 07:39 PM #1Member Platy
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Water Changes - Need advise from experts
So, I decided to go bare bottom in a 125 gallon tank with some wood. I decided to bite the bullet and do all the extra work discus require.
I am having trouble wrapping my head around one thing, the frequency of the water changes. See, there is a lot of conflicting information on the internet: some people to 50%+ every day, some people every other, some people 25% every day, etc.... From what I've read, juvenile discus need meatier foods more often than adults, hence the frequent water changes.
I want to keep the fish healthy and grow them large.
I get it, but here's what I need info on:
1.- Won't these frequent water changes (we'll say 50% every other day or so) affect my bacteria colony?
2.- Won't this constant screwing around with the tank stress the fish?
If I have to do the work, I will do the work. I'm just concerned about the mechanics.
Expert advise on the above points would be greatly appreciated.
11-22-2013, 07:43 PM #2
I don't have discus, but I can tell you frequent water changes don't affect BB in the water column, most of your BB (beneficial bacteria) grow on hard surfaces...and in my experience, most fish grow used to WC's pretty quickly
I am sure some discus experts will chime in in a bit
11-22-2013, 08:23 PM #3
Discus can be very sensitive to water conditions but, they handle water changes pretty well. Look at this video and see what at least some of them go through before they are in our tanks.
When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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11-22-2013, 08:32 PM #4Member Platy
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Thanks guys! that puts me at ease.
11-22-2013, 10:11 PM #5