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Nano Water Changes

I had initially planned to simply do a weekly 50% water change in my 7.5g tank. However, I have read that shrimp do not care much for major water changes and handle smaller more frequent changes better. I am wondering, would it be better if I did small one gallon water changes every couple of days. It would work out to be the same, if not more, amount of water being changed. I am also thinking it would be better for the overall water chemistry of the tank with the smaller changes.

Further, if frequent one gallon changes is a wiser route to go. How would that effect the ferts and excel in the water column? I currently dose 1mL excel daily and 1mL flourish comprehensive weekly. I plan to get better liquid ferts soon which will provide both micros and macros.


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Smile Never Seen A Problem, In Fact When in Doubt Change Water

Hi,

I have nano tanks, okay, vases, jars and tubes that get every or every other day water changes that amount to 50-100% per week.

I cannot confirm large water changes are bad for shrimp that has not been my experience and it would seem that is the water change water is close in parameters; I do not understand the problem. I also have to admit I have never studied shrimp and water changes, simply have never seen the problem.

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People with shrimp only tanks mostly just do top offs and that's it. I have a 10g and only change the water once a month half way.


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not only do I change all the water, they often flop around a bit while I get to refilling. maybe Im squirting some emersed tangle of algae but basically they do the land dance, adapt or get out. this culls for genetic strength imo and I have some dang good cherries and a couple crs because of it. but not a lot of crs

one particular crs I actually wouldnt sell for 100xx it has amazing strength. handled a huge ammonia spike that killed other crs, and stood up to mass co2 injection lives in a still heaterless bog tank its quite unique we need more of that

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Not sure if this'll help, but here goes. I do sporadic water changes. If the shrimp aren't dying, then I need not do a water change, but I aim for bimonthly ones anyways. I drain 5 gallons out of the shrimp tank, and then add the concentrated pH/gH/kH solution that I need (approximately 1/16 teaspoon Seachem Acid Buffer, 1 teaspoon Seachem Alkaline Buffer, and 1/4 tablespoon Seachem equilibrium all in one gallon), then add the RO/DI water in. Not all at once, but a small stream produced by slowly opening the cap and propping the container on its side over the tank. It works for my cherry shrimp colony with a single red rilli and single black rilli. I just found eggs, so that means they're breeding as well.

As for your actual question, the nutrients will get diluted. Just make sure to dose after the water change so you don't waste the ferts.
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I only do top offs unless I uproot plants, move the tank, or otherwise disturb the substrate on my nano.
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