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View Poll Results: How often and how big. Please read carefully and be honest.
Daily 4 2.25%
3 times a week @ 10 - 25% each time. 4 2.25%
3 times a week @ 25-50% each time. 1 0.56%
3 times a week @ 50%+ each time. 1 0.56%
2 times a week @ 10 - 25% each time. 9 5.06%
2 times a week @ 25 - 50% each time. 8 4.49%
2 times a week @ 50 - 75% each time. 7 3.93%
2 times a week @ 75%+ each time. 2 1.12%
1 times a week @ 25 - 50% each time. 61 34.27%
1 times a week @ 50 - 75% each time. 46 25.84%
1 times a week @ 75%+ each time. 11 6.18%
1 time every 2 weeks 15 8.43%
1 time every 3 weeks 2 1.12%
1 time every 4 weeks 1 0.56%
I some time go more than a month between water changes. 6 3.37%
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So I did my first time ever water test last night.I haven't changed my water in 2 weeks and kept the feeding at a normal rate. My ph is 8.2,ammonia 0,nitrite 0 but the nitrate hit 160. Is it normal to have nitrates without the others?
A cycled tank should have 0 readings of ammonia and nitrite. I try to keep my nitrates under 40ppm, ideally 20ppm or less.
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So I did my first time ever water test last night.I haven't changed my water in 2 weeks and kept the feeding at a normal rate. My ph is 8.2,ammonia 0,nitrite 0 but the nitrate hit 160. Is it normal to have nitrates without the others?

Those nitrate levels are high. And yes, thats normal to have nitrates and the other read zero. Nitrate is that last stage of the nitrogen cycle.

Water changes are what lower nitrates.

No amount of additional filtration will lower nitrates (realistically).

In order to have lower nitrate readings, you will have to feed less or increase size and/or frequency of water changes.

I know keepers that let them rise up to about 80ppm with no problems. But they do huge weekly waterchages to bring them back down.

When I set a tank up, I like to get it stocked, figure out my feed rate, and then do some nitrate testing every couple days and klinda plot out the nitrate rise.

Then I will know that "my tank of 60 trophs, when fed X amount, hit 40-50ppm nitrates on day 7. When I do a 75% water change weekly, it brings it back down to 15ppm nitrates"

That's how I figure out my water change schedule. And feed rate.

Tropheus breed well when well fed and in very low nitrate water.

so If I have spare time, I crank up the feedings and water changes and can ramp up breeding.

If Im strapped for time, I lower my feed rates so as to lighten my water change load.

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Hope that makes sense.


Ps. regardless of if your plans are to breed or just keep them for fun, I would recommend getting those nitrates down as they are not good long term when that high. So that means...less food....or more water changes.
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Thanks for the info.Just to make it clear,I don't do 2 week changes on the regular. I do 50%-60% every Friday.This was just to see what will happen after such a long time.Will test water today and see what the nitrates are at.
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I am a once a month guy during the winter so that's the category that I chose. In the warmer temperatures I change about 70percent per week. I am a Sunday water change guy. Hate using buckets and can use the hose during the warmer seasons. Works for me.
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I use a Mag Drive pump with a Hybrid 3/4" MPT to Garden Hose Adapter that I created on a 3/4" ID rubber 50' Garden hose. Soon to be a 75'! was using a Mag 9.5 but just recently upgraded to a Mag 12! You'll want to use something like a FX5 intake grill on the intake of the Magdrive though. It's suction is powerful.
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I change water in all my tanks 40-50 percent every Friday.
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l use a drip system 12 gallons in and out daily. 84 gallons a week on a 200 gallon tank roughly 40% weekly.
Makes enjoying this hobby even more.
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2 times a week @ 50 - 75% each time. this is me
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I change about 40% once a week and yes you want 0 nitrite and ammonia if you have 0 nitrate it means your tank isn't cycled as nitrites turning to nitrates is the last step in the cycle
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I do 30-40% water changes twice a week. Wednesday and Saturday. I've had my trophs for 3 weeks now and it seems to be working very well.
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