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Water Change Survey

Discussion in 'Water Maintainence' started by orangecrush, Aug 30, 2017.

  1. nygold

    nygold Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2009
    Brooklyn NY
    Something to think about.
    The slime coat is the fish's main defenses against infection and disease.
    What's in tap water and why do we have to treat it?
    We treat it to protect the fish against these chemicals.
    • Chlorine.
    • Fluorine compounds.
    • Trihalomethanes (THMs)
    • Salts of: arsenic. radium. aluminium. copper. lead. mercury. cadmium. barium.
    • Hormones.
    • Nitrates.
    Every time you do a LARGE water change you put your fish at risk.
    The Microorganisms that live in all ponds and in your filter are what helps your fish thrive.
    Does your fish want tap water or fishy water?
    Something to think about.
  2. shakaho

    shakaho Well-Known Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Orlando FL
    What do you treat with to protect against Trihalomethanes?
  3. Sbuggg13

    Sbuggg13 Active Member

    Nov 8, 2017
    I guess i'm confused about this. If you are treating the water with prime or similar products during the WC to remove all of these compounds, and the beneficial microorganisms live in your filter and on the surfaces of the tank and not your water, then the fish should be fine with large water changes weekly. At least for aquariums. I do not have a pond so I don't know the differences if any between the two. Also, by using something like Dr. Tim's first defense during wc, you are strengthening the fish's immune system as well as their slime coat.
  4. Totallyvictorian

    Totallyvictorian Active Member

    Sep 19, 2016
    Clarksville, Tn
    100 gal tub 75% once a week.
    3 Ryukins
    Pond water changed in the winter whenever possible..
  5. calicomj

    calicomj Well-Known Member

    Aug 13, 2017
    Eh... The fish tend to go into the flow of fresh hose water when I change their water. Any water that smells "fishy" is not clean. I don't often do large water changes but I really see no problem with those who do.
  6. halloink

    halloink Member

    Jul 21, 2017
    I have a 29 gallon, I have a little gravel cleaner vac so I do that once a week and change about 1/2 the water once a week? Water tests fine, my fish are very happy :) I have a hang on back filter for a 30-45 gallon that I turn on every now and then to filter the water cause I don’t think the fishies like it that much since it’s loud, I keep a bubbler going whenever the filter isn’t on :)

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  7. Crystalscale

    Crystalscale Member

    Nov 26, 2017
    My tank is about 50 gallons, housing two fish and I usually change 50% every 5 to 6 days.

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