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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-12-2012, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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Water changes in a planted tank

Hi All,

Been reading a lot before diving in, and seeing some conflicting ideas. In a low-tech nano (or bigger even, but light at 1-2 Watts per gallon, filter, heavily/densely planted, maybe some ferts/excel), are water changes required once the plants establish? Some peoplel post about 25% changes weekly or monthly (used to that from un-planted tanks), some say no water changes needed if you have a jungle of plants (low light, no co2)

What's the consensus?
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On a low-tech tank you could get away with 25% water changes weekly. I usually do around 1/3 of my low tech tank and everything is going great with it

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My heavy planted 4g dirt tank with shrimps, crabs, and fish gets a half gal. water change per week.
All the critters and plants are doing well

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My 10g (heavily planted, CPD, shrimp, nerites) gets tested 2X a week and water changes as needed. I have gone as long as 3 months with top-offs only

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