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View Poll Results: Water Changes
Chlorine neutralizer only 149 28.76%
Chlorine neutralizer and buffer 45 8.69%
Chlorine neutralizer and salt 57 11.00%
Chlorine neutralizer and epsom salt 38 7.34%
Chlorine neutralizer, buffer and salt/epsom salt 120 23.17%
Other (please describe below) 109 21.04%
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Old 01-11-2008
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I mix all the buffers and salts in a little container first, then I empty that container into the HOB overflow. I do this for each tank. Water is straight from the faucet. Since outside temp effects the tank water temp when doing a water change, the colder it is outside the less I change. Usually 30% when it is cold and about 50-60% when it's warm.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Heather @ Jan 9 2008, 07:44 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
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Please tell us about your water change routine by voting above, and then tell us what you voted for, and why [/b]
bi-weekly water changes, 50% per WC, prime (directly into tank before new Water is put in) + cichlid buffer recipe (goes to the sump)

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Old 01-13-2008
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I do 50% water changes weekly, because anything less doesn't sufficiently cut into the nitrate concentration - and I've never had a stress problem from water changes, even higher percentages.

I use chlorine neutralizer because, though I don't find elemental chlorine in my water, I know (i) that can be altered at any time by my local provider, and (ii) I don't have a test kit that picks up chloramine.

I use a mix of Baking Soda (0.5 cups per 120 gallons), Instant Ocean (same) and Epsom Salts (1 to 1.5 cups per 120 gallons). Maintains the pH and hardness just where I want them and (I assume) acts as a laxative for the trophs.

Seems to be working.
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chuckwalla: I just dump in while adding new water.
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Tap water used and tested monthly.


50% water change weekly and if I feel productive 50% twice weekly
Kordon's Amquel+plus and NovaAqua+plus added before tap water added
Epsom salt added while water is being refilled
sand stirred to keep from compacting maybe twice a month


I used Seachem Tang buffer before but slowly got off it and don't notice much difference.
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I do 30-40% weekly water changes and add Ultimate (double dose) to each tank then add water, occasionally I add epsom salt. Clean the filter 6-8 weeks and use activated Marineland carbon and chem pure in each filter.
I have ordered a 10" X 36" coconut carbon cansiter to dechlor the city water to the tanks and should be receiving it this week. Three of my freinds in Louisville that have several tanks use this system and highly recommend it for water treatment with chloramines. In addition they do not add chemicals to treat thier water with this system.
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I do a 30 percent WC every 5 days and i vacuum the sand occasionally. Water is straight from the faucet. I add prime and salts each time.
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i'm relatively new to cichlid keeping and i had a few questions.

alot of you guys have 100+ gallon tanks how specifically do you change and treat the water?

reason i ask is i have a relatively small in comparison 40 gal long tank in my room and i change the water with trip after trip to the bathroom with a bucket. i treat each bucket of water for ph and use chlorine neutralizer and let it sit for about 10 mins before i add it to the tank. the bathroom is about 30 feet walking distance from my room. suffice it to say it takes a while for me to do water changes. am i missing something ? is there some simpler way that everyone else does water changes or am i just an idiot?
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Doug with all my tanks I do a weekly water change of 50%, I vacuum the substate weekly and also correct my water perimeters at the same time. So I'm not carrying bucket around I use a Python No Spill Clean And Fill- 50' which hooks right on to my tap

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http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS/ctl36...lcleanandfill50


I hope that helps

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I too use a python.....mans gift to the fish hobbyist world!!!!!

It plumbs into the sink faucet or for more siphon power I have mine hooked up to the garden hose outside.....the stuff will literally pull 4-5mm gravel straight through the tube if you want it to! As for adding water back in, I test the tap water coming out the faucet and the levels are good where it needs to be and I use Amquel+plus/NovaAqua+plus to treat the water.

Conditioners go in the tank before it's filled back up.....get a python or similar! I was doing 1,000+ gallons of water change a month at one point but have recently cut back on the tanks....the python was my best friend!
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