I found the cure for water changes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Water Chemistry' started by OverStocked, Aug 21, 2010.

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  1. OverStocked

    OverStocked Coral Banded Shrimp

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    I was doing a water change on my 31g and i was taking out 5g anyways i had to go out anyways i did not care to finish the water change, I just turned on the filter and pumps and left it. Today i tested the water it had 12.5ppm nitrate and i don't know why but i tested the water from yesterday and it had 0ppm so i added it to my tank and im going to keep doing that everyday from now on.
     
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    SAY Ocellaris Clown

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    i'm not sure that i understand. are you saying that you removed water from your tank, filtered it and then returned it to your tank?
     
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    anpgp Dragon Wrasse

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    That's what I'm wondering too. The main point behind water changes is to replenish the trace elements so by putting back in old filtered water, you're not adding any of those essential elements.
     
  5. NASAGeek

    NASAGeek Eyelash Blennie

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    Here is some counter conventional wisdom logic....

    I will say that I don't do water changes at all... ever. If my water parameters are all good, then the water quality is good. The question then becomes trace elements. Water changes replace trace elements. Thus, I tend to wet-skim a bit to generate more skimmate than usual. Skimmate does gradually reduce SG, thus I add fresh salt back to keep my salinity at 1.025.

    I know that is "not the norm", but everything seems to be working well.

    M
     
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    OverStocked Coral Banded Shrimp

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    Im not filtering anything im just letting the water sit open. I will still do water changes but not once a week like before and you can always supplement the water and it bets mixing water and the price of salt.
     
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  9. Seano Hermano

    Seano Hermano Giant Squid

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    I don't understand what it is you're doing then.

    Water is cheap. Salt is fairly inexpensive too.
     
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    OverStocked Coral Banded Shrimp

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    I cost me 34c per gallon and i do 10gallon a week. Thats 13.60 a month and thats 163.20$ a year and that means it would give my about 150$ extra to spend on fish or corals.
     
  11. Seano Hermano

    Seano Hermano Giant Squid

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    You buying form the LFS?At that price you could look into a 3 stage RODI.
     
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    OverStocked Coral Banded Shrimp

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    No i get free RO water. Thats the price of salt per gallon.