10-31-2012, 02:01 PM #1Junior Member Guppy
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Should I do a water change with new neons?
I read that they are extremely fragile the first 2 weeks. Well they made through week 1. I usually do a 20-30% water change every week but I'm a little nervous to do it before the 2 weeks are up just in case the temp is not exact or the chlorine remover doesn't take all the chlorine out. I have 13 of them in a 55 gallon with 6 3" fish. Based on my water parameter test, it is still ok but I didn't get my order of liquid tests yet just the strips so I don't know how accurate this is. Should I change it or leave it?
10-31-2012, 02:19 PM #2
Changing the water and dosing the appropriate amount of dechlorinator will do nothing to the fish.
they'll enjoy the fresh water/nutrients provided by it.
Just make sure you match the temperature.
I would also recommend you do around 50% changes each week.
10-31-2012, 04:51 PM #3
0Originally Posted by mizzoutank
A water change is a good thing. [Period]
Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
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Having said that, Just because it's a stupid question doesn't mean that it shouldn't be asked. It's better to know.
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10-31-2012, 05:19 PM #4
When a fish is described as fragile its referring to more specific water conditions than a fish described as being hardy (please anyone reply if I'm not correct). Fish that are "fragile" might for example have a pH range that is much smaller, or temperature range. Water changes are only beneficial when correctly and consistently completed. Don't complete to big of a water change, match the water temperature going back into tank, remove chlorine. Also check the new water for pH levels as it might not match and you will need to increase/decrease. If this is a fairly new tank you'll want to complete water tests frequently as your completing water changes, adding fish, etc. You can start at a smaller % for water changes, like 20-25% and check levels and see if you can continue at that % or increase (no one wants to waste water). There's also frequency. Some complete large water changes once every couple weeks, some prefer to complete smaller changes a few times a week. It's a matter of trial and error.
10-31-2012, 06:22 PM #5
+ 1 to all the above. If it's your normal routine to change your water than do it. The tempature is okay as long as you stay as close as you can. Corys will even spawn if the water temps a little lower than the water in the tank. Neons are sensative but good water quality is something they appriciate.Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
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