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Water Changes

Discussion in 'General (Hobby Related)' started by BigBlue, Nov 10, 2007.

  1. BigBlue

    BigBlue Inactive User

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    I would just like to know how big of water changes everyone does. Do you guy think one big water change every few weeks is the way to go? Or smaller ones every week is the way to go?
    I'm just tring to figuer out what everyone thinks is the best. As of right now I do a 10 to 15 gallon water change every Sunday on my 40 breeder. I thought about changing up and just doing a 5 gallon water change every Sunday. My bioload isn't very high cuse all I have in there are 3 small fish.
    So lets here it. What do you guys think?
     
  2. BGreenlee

    BGreenlee Inactive User GIRS Member

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    I do about 15% every 7-10 days.
     
  3. BigBlue

    BigBlue Inactive User

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    What do you have for a bioload? How big is your tank?
     
  4. BGreenlee

    BGreenlee Inactive User GIRS Member

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    around 200 gallons, mostly sps and lps I would say a mediump bioload.
     
  5. Paper Clip

    Paper Clip Inactive User

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    I do about a 30% every week, but then i have nano at the moment
     
  6. BigBlue

    BigBlue Inactive User

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    How big of a nano do you have? I use to have a nano and I use to big water changes like that to.
     
  7. Paper Clip

    Paper Clip Inactive User

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    Seven gallons, Worst setup ever!! I'm working on getting some a pic of it, but it's a hex and i can't even put my hand in it.
     
  8. Guest

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    I do a  10% per week,  350 total gallons  = 35 gallons per
    very light bio load
     
  9. BigBlue

    BigBlue Inactive User

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    So you you guys think small ones every week is the way to go?
     
  10. BGreenlee

    BGreenlee Inactive User GIRS Member

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    Yes, unless you want to take the time to do a smaller one every day.
     
  11. einsteins

    einsteins Experienced Reefkeeper

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    I am doing about 25 gal on 120gal tank evey 2 weeks or so....
    So far I like this schedule but My salt costs have gone up.
     
  12. RobynT

    RobynT Inactive User

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    I change 15 - 20 gallons weekly on my 90gal with 25 gallon sump.  I guess I have a fairly high bioload, 10 fish with one tang.  I also have lots of inverts and feed my tank everyday. 
     
  13. Guest

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    Maybe 5 gallons a week. All of my levels are in check and no problems. I'd like to do more, and will when my corals grow out, but this is working well for me now.  That's on my 120 w/ the 55 refugium.
     
  14. Waverz

    Waverz Expert Reefkeeper

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    I do about 10% WC's every 10 days or so......to me WC's are just replenishing the trace elements and other stuff being used up over the 10 day course. If i had nitrates or something i would do larger more frequent changes.
     
  15. calebjk Well-Known ReefKeeper

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    Posted By Waverz on 11/10/2007 12:44 PM
    I do about 10% WC's every 10 days or so......to me WC's are just replenishing the trace elements and other stuff being used up over the 10 day course. If i had nitrates or something i would do larger more frequent changes.
    same here
     
  16. JB Veteran Reefkeeper

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    Posted By BigBlue on 11/10/2007 10:48 AM
    I would just like to know how big of water changes everyone does.
    What is a water change? [​IMG]
    Honestly I don't do water changes near as much as I should, but my water stays pretty pristine.   I'm sure it's not optimal though.   I'm gonna force myself to do 10% changes at least every 3 weeks.
    -JB
     
  17. BigBlue

    BigBlue Inactive User

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    Dang JB you go 3 weeks with out doing a water change!?! I guess if it's not broke why fix it right?
     
  18. JB Veteran Reefkeeper

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    I haven't done a water change in 2 months and my SPS is growing faster right now than it ever has.

    The water itself never goes bad. If nutrients are getting exported and levels, trace minerals, etc are maintained, then I don't see any real good argument that it HAS be be changed.

    Now, with that said, I still think frequest water changes are a good idea. The only reason I don't do it on a regular basis is that I simply get busy with "life" and don't get it done.

    -JB
     
  19. BigBlue

    BigBlue Inactive User

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    JB where do you live I would like to come and check out your tank.
    So you must not feed your tank a whole lot? How do you get your water that good?
     
  20. JB Veteran Reefkeeper

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    I'm in Marion. You're welcome to come see my tank anytime. Several people on here have seen my tank and can vouch for the fact that I don't have any algea problems or anything.

    If you're just curious what my tank looks like, I took a FTS and posted it in the photo gallery last night.

    -JB
     

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