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Tropheus Disease, Health and Nutrition Discussion of Tropheus diseases, general health, nutrition and water conditions.

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 02-01-2008
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So I've never added any type of salt or Prime, is that an actual product or code for something? haha... Since I'm hoping to get a colony soon I wanna do this right too. So what exactly does the salt do for the trophs and the water? Also I noticed a lot of people use baking soda, what's that for?
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Hello fishermanzack,Prime is a real product.It's made by Seachem.It's really good. 1 ml per 10 gallons.
I add Seachem Cichlid Lake salt to my tanks at waterchange time.1.5 tsp per 10 gallons
I guess it's supposed to replicate Lake Tanganyikan.
I don't add baking soda,or anything else to buffer or adjust my ph.
Tried the Seachem Tang buffer but gradually stopped using it and haven't noticed any bad changes.

When I change my water,I use a python and try to get the temperature the same as the tank temp.
Add the Prime with a syringe so I get exactly the right amount,and just dump the cichlid salt in.
(I breed Black Calvus,and noticed when I overdosed Prime,a lot of fry would go bellyup.I don't want to take a chance with my trophs.)

Every other week,I'll suck all the sand out and rince it in a pail.
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Old 02-13-2008
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I do 30-50% weekly water changes depending on how heavily stocked each tank is.

I have a 220L drum and a 200L wheelie bin that I fill with water. To the water I first add 4 teaspoons of non-iodised sea salt and 8 teaspoons of epsom salts. I then add 12 teaspoons of bicarb soda and dechlorinator. I then run a water pump for a couple of minutes to give it a good mix up, and provided it isn't the middle of winter, I add it to the tank I have removed the water from. If the water in the buckets is very cold, I add a heater for an hour or so to bring it up a few degrees before doing the change.

I use a hose for the syphoning and the grey water goes onto the garden and lawn, makes it grow like nothing else!
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Anyone ever use a TDS meter to measure TDS in their tanks?

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I haven't but have a couple firends that do. From what I hear it's the way to go...

I know my TDS are low .... because I had a friend measure a bag of fish from me :lol:

I really want one.... in time I will get one.
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Have any numbers to share with me? Right now I am comparing it to the govt. std for human consumption....which says my tank water is potable
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I use a carbon bottle during water changes....
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This was years ago... sorry, I really don't remember. My friend said... wow you tds readings are great ! Asked what the number was... not knowing what the number would mean. I really don't know much about them. Only that it's a very reliable way of knowing when you should be doing water changes. Also good for trying to trigger spawning (knowing where the tds was when they spawned so you can get the tds to that point again).
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i do a 40% to 50% every monday night using either stress coat or seachem prime as a dechlor. i like to keep it simple and do my changes on time.
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Now...

Tap water used and tested monthly.


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
Water is ran through a carbon bottle before going back into the tank
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