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    I'm probably in trouble if the wife sees this but I haven't changed the water in a couple of weeks. I added some to top it off (told the wife I did a change). The water tests 0 for ammonia, nitrite, and .5 nitrate, so I'm good right? We have floating plants covering the top like I read about to clean the water, along with an eheim cannister filter. It's a 55gallon with 5 bolivian rams, 12 neon tetras, and 5 rummy nose tetras. Is there something else that changing water does that matters? It looks good. Fish are looking good. Thank you.

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    There are trace minerals in the tap water that your fish may need.

    Fish give off pheromones that become concentrated in the tank without changing the water.
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    also, wives find out E-VAH-REE-THING!

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    0.5ppm nitrate? or 5ppm nitrate?

    Changing the water restores the buffering capacity of the water (KH), reduces the total dissolved solid (TDS) level, and removes chemicals released by fish to help determine growth.

    I would get a KH/GH test kit as well as a TDS meter, and compare the values with your source water, like the tap. You don't want the buffering capacity to get down to zero as a result of the nitrification process, causing large PH swings (over 1 point).

    http://www.amazon.com/API-GH-KH-Test-Kit/dp/B003SNCHMA
    http://www.amazon.com/HM-Digital-TDS...ords=TDS+meter
    http://www.amazon.com/HM-Digital-Cal...7K1A53E9Y7HX30

    Overall, with a planted lightly stocked tank, what you have done seems fine.

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    I think fresh clean water also helps to keep the fish healthy and keeps their immune systems strong so they can handle stress and disease. Plus, weekly changes make for good tank discipline/habits. Two weeks can turn into three....you know the drill.
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    Now you're scaring me! She will find out too.

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    Well I'm informed now! I will do the water change today. If she asks why I'm doing it twice this week, I'll just say I'm trying to stay on top of it. And that's a good question too. Can you do too many water changes? Just want to cover the bases.

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    Well I'm informed now! I will do the water change today. If she asks why I'm doing it twice this week, I'll just say I'm trying to stay on top of it. And that's a good question too. Can you do too many water changes? Just want to cover the bases.
    For a fish only aquarium, there is no such thing as too many water changes.

    For a planted aquarium, it will depend on what you add to the water to feed the plants.

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    [QUOTE=Rocksor;1376815]0.5ppm nitrate? or 5ppm nitrate?

    Changing the water restores the buffering capacity of the water (KH), reduces the total dissolved solid (TDS) level, and removes chemicals released by fish to help determine growth.

    I would get a KH/GH test kit as well as a TDS meter, and compare the values with your source water, like the tap. You don't want the buffering capacity to get down to zero as a result of the nitrification process, causing large PH swings (over 1 point).

    http://www.amazon.com/API-GH-KH-Test-Kit/dp/B003SNCHMA
    http://www.amazon.com/HM-Digital-TDS...ords=TDS+meter
    http://www.amazon.com/HM-Digital-Cal...7K1A53E9Y7HX30

    Overall, with a planted lightly stocked tank, what you have done seems fine.[/QUO

    I meant 5ppm nitrate. Not .5. I'll order those kits today too. Thanks for your time.

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    I wouldn't be worried about your Alkalinity. It's very and I'd assume your source water would have plenty of carbonates and bicarbonates without ever having a need to dump money on those test kits. In fact, even if you tested the water what would you do to correct the situation? A simple water change haha.

    Don't play with the pH of your tap water, the water company has already stabilized the pH likely. Everything mentioned is a legit part of water chemistry, and is good to know.. But you are not going to run into that issue if you skipped the next dozen water changes...

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