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How often do you do a water change on your aquarium?
More than once a week
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Once a week
50%
 50% [ 5 ]
Once every other week
10%
 10% [ 1 ]
Once a month
30%
 30% [ 3 ]
Less than once a month
10%
 10% [ 1 ]
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Sam_G
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PostSubject: How often do you do a WC?   Mon Sep 10, 2012 6:21 pm

Just curious...How often do you all do a water change on your aquarium?

I do a 15% WC once a week on my 50 gallon reef, but I only do a 15% WC once a month of my macro tank...

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Farfromfiji



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PostSubject: Re: How often do you do a WC?   Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:44 am

I do about 40% once a week on my pico, but that's what is suggested for my puffer. The plants probably make that somewhat unnecessary but so far so good!!
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mangoman



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PostSubject: Re: How often do you do a WC?   Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:45 am

I do them at varying levels, if somethings off, i might do 10% every week for a month, then just every month. then if notings going wrong, skip a month. Salt kills me so i try to conserve where i can :\
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PostSubject: Re: How often do you do a WC?   Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:46 pm

I've been doing mine every 3-4 weeks, all my fish are happy, zoas, chalice, and frogspwan are doing great. And I'm not using reef salt.

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mangoman



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PostSubject: Re: How often do you do a WC?   Tue Sep 11, 2012 7:08 pm

Nick, you sure your tanks not turning into a reef? zoas, chalice's and frogspawn sound like coral to me Wink
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PostSubject: Re: How often do you do a WC?   Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:51 pm

mangoman wrote:
Nick, you sure your tanks not turning into a reef? zoas, chalice's and frogspawn sound like coral to me Wink

Well... lol afro . I mean the frogspawn came with the tank, and the chalice was a raffle prize. I mean what was I supposed to do trash them??? :p

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PostSubject: Re: How often do you do a WC?   Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:14 pm

nahh i think you're supoosed to get them friends so they're not lonely Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: How often do you do a WC?   Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:44 pm

mangoman wrote:
nahh i think you're supoosed to get them friends so they're not lonely Very Happy

+1

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PostSubject: Re: How often do you do a WC?   Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:52 am

I mean other than a highbioload due to the lionfish, its not like theyre gonna eat the corals.. you could grow some gorgonians no problem.. might give it a key westie look.. that purple one we picked up in sarasota is still doing good for me! maybe an elegance coral? Very Happy they're supposed to like ultra high nutrient levels
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PostSubject: Re: How often do you do a WC?   Wed Sep 12, 2012 1:04 pm

I plan on that purple one in Sarasota that was on the sign post. I'm hoping that it is still there, it was about 12-14in high and 8in wide.

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PostSubject: Re: How often do you do a WC?   Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:01 pm

Nicholas41 wrote:
I plan on that purple one in Sarasota that was on the sign post. I'm hoping that it is still there, it was about 12-14in high and 8in wide.

yeah i remember that one! Actually, the piece i got, i broke off a one inch piece of it and its done considerably better than the colony. Might be worth trying.. Sorta like my experience with sps lol
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PostSubject: Re: How often do you do a WC?   Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:28 pm

Lol I'm glad to hear it is growing well for you. You wouldn't believe how big the arrow crab now is. He is probably around 6 inches from side to side

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PostSubject: Re: How often do you do a WC?   Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:09 pm

Danggg! O: he was what? 3 when we picked him?

actually i checked the colony today and i've got nubs on new branches Very Happy so maybe a small piece doesn't do better? lol
It has its polyps out less but guess its healthy..
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PostSubject: Re: How often do you do a WC?   Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:18 pm

Yeah he has doubled in size Very Happy and that's great! We do need to go back though!

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PostSubject: Re: How often do you do a WC?   Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:27 pm

Nicholas41 wrote:
Yeah he has doubled in size Very Happy and that's great! We do need to go back though!

Yes we do! its this homework thats getting in the way though -___-
i might be available next weekend?
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PostSubject: Re: How often do you do a WC?   Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:21 pm

Same... I have family coming at 1 on sunday, but Saturday is looking free!

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PostSubject: Re: How often do you do a WC?   Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:19 pm

I do 75-90% weekly , cant vacuum the gravel do to plants so No3 gets high
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PostSubject: Re: How often do you do a WC?   Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:10 am

Wow! That's a lot Wes! I never thought about nitrates building up like that since you can't vacuum the gravel. That stinks... Don't your plants take care of some of the No3? My macroalgae sucks it up, so I only have to do a WC on that tank every once in awhile.

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PostSubject: Re: How often do you do a WC?   Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:01 am

I do 5 gallons from a 40 gallon tank every weekend, but if I skip a weekend here or there, nothing really happens.

On a side note: Reading back through the older posts, I just want to ask: Are you guys aware of the legality of taking stuff? Im sure fishing and inverts are fine (except particular inverts like sand dollars, I think) but I know it's illegal to collect your own live rock, and I always thought it was illegal to take corals. What with the whole decline in reefs and what not. Im not so sure taking a gorgonian is legal...
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PostSubject: Re: How often do you do a WC?   Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:05 pm

they do to a point , they main thing I get concerned about is the toxins that decaying plants let off , so just to be safe I do the big water changes ans since Ive been doing it my fish have never been happier
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mangoman



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PostSubject: Re: How often do you do a WC?   Fri Nov 02, 2012 9:27 pm

Ashely, I'm fairly well informed on the rules of whats collectable and such thanks for looking out though Smile
If i remember correctly, gorg are allowed as long as i'm collecting less than x colonies (like 10 or something I would never even get close to) but seafans are not allowed. (have never seen any anyways)

Yeah, I make sure to steer clear of the live rock and live hard corals Smile
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PostSubject: Re: How often do you do a WC?   Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:57 pm

im gonna be straight out honest ive never changed my water in the 2 and half years ive had it actually ive had to add water to counteract the water evaporating and every once in a while i will add salt to make sure the levels are right but ive never had to change it am i the only one who is doing this
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PostSubject: Re: How often do you do a WC?   Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:57 pm

If you have a deep sand bed and adequate filtration (live rock, etc...), your levels may be fine. I personally don't change my water based on bad levels, though if I see it lookin a hot mess I will do an emergency one. I try to do regular water changes to siphon out debris or replinish ions and nutrients that are slowly used up in the tank. Being a closed system, the inhabitants (fish, corals, bacteria in the rock, everything) use up minerals and other "goodies" in the water, but they don't produce them, so eventually, they run out. You will often see aquarium salt with "added calcium and magnesium" or supplements in stores for Iodine, Potassium, or "trace elements". Your corals, and even your fish, need these trace elements for growth or perhaps they need it for certain enzymes to work best. If you're adding these supplements and your filtration is doing a great job, then you may not need to do a water change.
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PostSubject: Re: How often do you do a WC?   Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:02 pm

I do it once a week, usually on Sundays if I can get motivated....speaking of which LOL
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PostSubject: Re: How often do you do a WC?   Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:35 pm

yeah i got a 4in thick sand bed and my filtration is running 1,200 gallons an hour i can add like 5 fish and never get an ammonia spike its crazy but they only problem i have is that i have to add water tho and i rarely add premixed saltwater just rodi water
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