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    I dont get it. I have a researched tank. I have over enough filtration capacity, i do weekly water changes, i get the best food, I have large enough schools and compatible tank mates.
    so how the heck does my little brother have less casualties than me?
    He has a ten gallon tank (with a top fin ten filter) with three neons, a black skirt, a buenos ares, a female betta, and its safe to assume there are two panda corys in there (We havnt seen their dead bodies.)
    He never changes the water, he forgets to feed them.
    How have none of his fish died? Hes had this tank for three years!
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    i had it the same way lol. i never did any water changes on my 90g or touched my filter media and i had perfect water conditions. it worked, so i never touched anything for years

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    Your little brother has it right. He feeds his fish lightly and neither stresses over nor tinkers with his tank. Aquarium fish do remarkably well when basically left alone.

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    Sometimes you just get unlucky and get bad stock, or agression leads to stressdeaths. Ive seen exactly what you are talking about happen and had it happen to me. My old roomate (just moved out) had a 29 gallon tank and i dont think he did a water change for the 2 years he lived here. Ive lost fish for no apparent reason even while doing religious water changes and everything going right.

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    Pele stick with it little man, it will even out for you soon enough.

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    I agree, I was thinking the same thing a little while ago, about how people keep comet goldfish in a 10 gallon tank for 4 years and never do water changes and the fish is fine.

    I think an experiment should be done. Same tank, same filter, same fish from the same stock in the same LFS, same substrate, same light, cycled in the same way. Identical tanks in every sense of the matter. And do no water changes on one, water changes on the other. See what happens.

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    It has been done many times. The one in the tank with water changes will be much bigger and more colorful than the fish in the neglected tank.

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    I agree with Dave66, perhaps the lightly feeding (of forgetting to feed) more than makes up for the lack of maintenance. I believe in water changing, but I do fall prey to the overfeeding thing once in a while too cause I enjoy seeing the fish swim around eating. Plus it's the only time I see some of the catfish.

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    This is true. My mom has a 5 gallon with at least 16 guppies in it. No deaths, no disease, no problems. She doesn't do water changes, only filling up evaporated water. I have explained everything to her, until blue in the face, but she always says, well they're fine, and none have ever died! Myself on the other hand am doing weekly water changes of atleast 50% giving high quality foods, and still every now and then I see some kind of fungus or fin rot or something.
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    Staying alive and growing to their maximum possible potential are two different things.

    Now, if given that everything else is the same and the only thing different is in the water changes; the fishes in the tanks with more constant water change will grow at a faster rate, be more active, and be more colorful.
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