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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-30-2011, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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Beginning Water Changes?

So when you set up a new tank, why is it that you need to change the water 2-3x a week? Since wouldn't building up the ammonia level be better for the growing bacteria?
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If you are using ADA Aquasoil Amazonia substrate, you need to do lots of water changes in the beginning because that substrate will leach ammonia into the water for a few weeks. With any other substrate I don't know why you would do that many water changes. I never have.

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But wouldn't the bacteria need the ammonia to multiply more? And by doing a fish less cycle, would I just need to add pure ammonia to the water? Any brands that I could use?
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