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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-15-2012, 02:22 AM Thread Starter
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Water change freak out

Hi guys, I noticed that whenever I perform a water change in my tank my fish seem to like freak out and school for a while, about a day. I was just wondering if you guys had similar experiences.

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Are you like dropping the water from a mile above the tank? heh. Because of my plants I like to put the water in slowly by pouring it on top of floating plant. If you use larger buckets to pour it in, you could get a plastic bag or zipped up zip lock bag and put that on tank water first, then pour it on that so it will upset the fish less.
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mine do the same, allways have...
i think its due to many factors.
temp change
massive amounts of o2 in the new water
some one screwing with there home
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but i never saw it as a problem.
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Temp change?

You want to keep the temp from changing during water changes.

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My neons lose their bananas, my corys vanish, and my angels sulk near the bottom like beat dogs. Pretty typical water change if you ask me, lol.

I plop a garden hose straight into the tank, temp easily drops 5-10 degrees. Sometimes more.
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Mine act pretty normally. I change direct from faucet. I just try to match the temp by hand. If it's +/- 5 degrees it's good enough. I change 50-60% at a time, and the fish never seem to mind. Usually they chill out where the new water is flowing in.
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Temp change?

You want to keep the temp from changing during water changes.
cold water changes triggers spawning is some species of fish. i didnt say i change it with ice water.
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Mine act pretty normally. I change direct from faucet. I just try to match the temp by hand. If it's +/- 5 degrees it's good enough. I change 50-60% at a time, and the fish never seem to mind. Usually they chill out where the new water is flowing in.
Same here. The danios swim through the new water with zeal.

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My ottos become voracious eating machines. Neons school mmore.. everyone seems to like it. I drop 5 to 10 degrees on average. 80% weekly changes
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My shrimp dance about and zoom all over the tank. Then their skins fall off!
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I have my tank setup so that my well water passes through 2 hydor 300w heaters and then into the bottom left hand side of the tank. I have a 1" overflow pipe on the other side of the tank for the tank water to go out. I let this run for about 2 to 3 hrs twice a week. Doesnt affect fish and i find my plants love it cause without the water ever getting aggitatted from well to tank it has alot of co2 content. Just my opinion though, hasnt been proven yet.




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I do 60-70% a week. I match the temperature as close as possible. It seems to me that the fish enjoy the clean water.

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I use the water from the hose outside. The tank water is between 72-79 degrees and the water outside is definitely in the 30s if not colder. I have 3 otos and 50 cherry shrimp and none of them seem to care one bit.
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My fish love water changes most of the time, but aren't as fond on the coldest days of the year.
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My fish love to swim in the current created during water change. I have a clear vinyl hose with a PVC "U" and ball valve attached to the shower head in the basement bathroom that, provides the water. I drop a couple of capfuls of Prime in the tank and turn on the ball valve. The shower knob is used to match tank temperature. The fish love the water changes.
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