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Question regarding water change. Im not going to drain all the water out, but I want to fill the tank while I drain.. My question is, is it harmful to the BB?

Reason for wanting to do this is because the tank is really dirty from feeding shrimp mix ,even with cutting feeding in half.
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I'm no expert on trophs but I think I would rather 75% changes 2 days in a row.
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No you're fine. Majority of the bb lives in the filter media, in the substrate, on the tank walls and decorations. Negligible amount are present in the water.
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And the fish can tolerate 100% change?
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I'm no expert on trophs but I think I would rather 75% changes 2 days in a row.
That's what I usually do, but as of lately I haven't had time to care for the tank. Just feedings. Been busy with work.


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No you're fine. Majority of the bb lives in the filter media, in the substrate, on the tank walls and decorations. Negligible amount are present in the water.
Thanks Swk! I just wanted to be make sure before I perform my water today.
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And the fish can tolerate 100% change?
I'll find out today. I'll report back tomorrow.
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100% should be fine, try and keep the temperature of new water close to the tank water and you should be good. Like SWK said, majority of bacteria is in sand and media so I wouldnt worry about that.
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100% should be fine, try and keep the temperature of new water close to the tank water and you should be good. Like SWK said, majority of bacteria is in sand and media so I wouldn't worry about that.
thanks rhick! I'm doing the water change now..

I was just being cautious since I haven't done it and wanted to hear from others with experience..
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thanks rhick! I'm doing the water change now..

I was just being cautious since I haven't done it and wanted to hear from others with experience..
As others mentioned, from a BB perspective you'll be fine. The only concern would be if your parameters were wildly different from the new water you were putting in, but "draining while you're filling" should make for a less stressful transition.
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Match temps and you should be good. Only time this would cause a problem is if you buffer your water heavily, and I wouldn't attempt with certain species or fry. Calvus, sand sifters etc could react poorly.
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