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what would be considered a drastic water change?

I am having problem with a tank I started 2 weeks ago. I believe that I may not have washed the pool filter sand enough and water in the tank looks cloudy.

I am planing to change 50% of the water this weekend and would like to know if it would affect fish/plants. I have 6 neon tetras in the tank. can anyone please shed some light?
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If you didn't cycle the tank before adding the fish (I'm guessing you didn't if you've got cloudy water from substrate or a bacteria bloom), the tank probably needs a 50% water change or more to get a handle on the ammonia buildup.

Ammonia buildup is toxic to your fish, so is a much bigger problem than just cloudy water.

Do you happen to have any test kits?





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unfortunately not. is there any cheap test kits out there that I can buy? also, what am I testing for besides ammonia?
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A master freshwater test kit will run you $25-35.

The least you need is tests for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate.

I'd go ahead and do a 50% water change daily till you get the kits. You may need to change 50% 2x a day- depends on the size of your tank.





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what about my tetras? will they be able to take the daily 50% water change?
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Yep.

The cleaner their water, the happier fish are.

The only time big water changes are problematic for fish is when a tank has been neglected for a long period of time, and/or if the new water coming into the tank has dramatically different water parameters than the water the fish are accustomed to.

Doing large routine water changes is one of the best things you can do to keep fish healthy.





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ok thanks. I will do just that.
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