How often do you do water changes?

Discussion in '3reef Site Polls' started by Matt Rogers, Jul 29, 2005.

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How often do you do water changes?

  1. Once a week.

    26.6%
  2. Every 2 weeks.

    28.1%
  3. Every 3 weeks.

    4.7%
  4. Every 4 weeks.

    15.6%
  5. >4 weeks.

    7.8%
  6. I don't do water changes.

    17.2%
  1. bluetang08

    bluetang08 Purple Spiny Lobster

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    I do about a 20% water change every month. I would like to do 10% every two weeks but I am guilty of procrastination. I will say that my readings are always pristine and I never have issues so hopefully that means all is well.
     
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  3. PackLeader

    PackLeader Giant Squid

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    Never have, I don't see a point in it ;)
     
  4. the fisherman

    the fisherman Vlamingii Tang

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  5. bioreefdude

    bioreefdude Fu Manchu Lion Fish

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    i try to do 10 gallons every week or so maybe every 9 days
     
  6. bioreefdude

    bioreefdude Fu Manchu Lion Fish

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    question, how do u get rid of nitrates because i feed every other day i clean filter sock every 4 days i have cheato and mangroves carbon gfo only 7 fish lots of flow i blow my rocks off but if i dont change my water than nitrate goes to 80 ppms
     
  7. mikeHVAC

    mikeHVAC Spaghetti Worm

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    i do a 2.5 gallon water change once a week. i have a 14g biocube
     
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  9. Puffer Chick

    Puffer Chick Giant Squid

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    i do a 5 gall water change once a week, but i think i'm going to cut back to 5 gallons every other week
     
  10. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I do a 15-20% every two weeks.
     
  11. bama

    bama Humpback Whale

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    I change 5 gallons between every week or two.. I actually just finished changing my water 5 min ago.. It takes me literally 5 minutes to perform when I have mixed water..
     
  12. Peredhil

    Peredhil Giant Squid

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    ;)

    i maintain an assortment of fish that do not need to be fed very often. That is generally a major source of nitrates. I feed my fish 2-3x a week (mandarin gets spot fed 3-4x a week)

    I dont introduce them too much and for what I do I have a lot of LR and a good skimmer. Whatever that misses becomes algae essentially and I have a nice CuC that keeps my tank visible algae free ;D

    It is all about balance ;)

    I have not had nitrates since october 19, 2008 (I keep a log)

    It gives me faith in the ability of TX holey rock to host great bacteria colonies to break this stuff down.