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Thread: Water changes?
11-22-2013, 03:48 PM #1
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!
11-22-2013, 05:23 PM #2
11-22-2013, 05:33 PM #3
I thought the same....my ph is all but identical....and when I asked he just said they were sensitive fish?
11-22-2013, 05:42 PM #4
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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11-22-2013, 06:18 PM #5
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.
11-22-2013, 06:22 PM #6
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.75 gal - Smudge Spot Cories, Silvertip & Pristella Tetras, Scissortail & Red Tail Rasboras, Zebra Danios, Wild Caught BNP
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11-22-2013, 06:34 PM #7
I like what I'm hearing..... thanks for the info! I am a fanatic about low nitrates!
12-24-2013, 12:43 AM #8
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.)Knowledge is fun(damental)
A 75 gal with eight Discus, fake plants, and a lot of wood also with sand substrate. Clean up crew is down to just two Sterba's Corys. Filters: continuous new water flow; canister w/UV, in-tank algae scrubber!! Finally, junked the nitrate removal unit from hell.
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