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Ada Amazonia new, and water changes while cycling

I plan on letting the tank run for at least 2 months before adding high end shrimp. Do I need to be doing daily water changes? Is it ok to change 50% ish of the water once a week? Ro water takes a lot of time to make and it's a big tank. If I was planning on adding livestock quickly I'd do water changes every day. But being that I'm waiting a while, how often do I need to be changing water? And what percent? Thanks in advance
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Re: Ada Amazonia new, and water changes while cycling

Two months is a good amount of time to cycle amazonia I just cycled a 40b in a month with one water change no traces of ammonia but heavily planted and over filtered. My advice especially with shrimp do weekly water changes 30% for the first month. Then next month bump it up a little 40 or so then one big one a week or so before getting the shrimp. I'm no expert but that's what I would do.
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I didn't do any water changes on my last as tank. Just planted heavily and cycle was done in about 6 weeks.
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the greenmachine has several videos on how they setup new ada tanks on u tube. worth watching IMHO... also do some searches here. plenty of journals documenting this.


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if you can make time and filter through some of the distracting inputs on this thread, ADA's own frank's thread is a GREAT read. https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=168992

if it's a new AS, it helps to water change frequently. and i mean everyday for week 1, every other day week 2, every few days week 3, every week on week 4. i'm on week 5 for my new tank that i resetup using 5 month old AS and i still do water changes every few days. i can't speak to scientific reasoning but reading frank's thread made me realize that it's more about taking care of your tank and understanding what's needed from it.
like for instance, i saw some algae yesterday in my tank - i trimmed and suctioned the algaed parts and did a big water change, dosed again and left the light off for the night. i don't know if that's the perfect way of doing it but i'm trying to understand what's required of MY set up. it's a good mentality to pursue when you begin YOUR tank cause your variables will be different from others.

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I only change water when ammonia hits the 4-5PPM range. If it remains below 4, I don't do changes during the initial "cycle" process.

My latest batches of Amazonia have only spiked up to 4PPM once or twice, so water changes haven't been as frequent.


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