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post #91 of 94 (permalink) Old 07-31-2020, 11:47 PM
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Yeah water changes for me have nothing to do with nutrients. Its about keeping the invisible dirty stuff cleaned out of the system. Regardless of how much Im dosing, low or high, everything always does better for me with big water changes.

Although I understand that some people like doing less. Edward and his pps routines basically think of water changes as the devil, lol.

Maybe its because my tap is pretty decent but my experience has always been that plants love water changes and algae hates them
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Maybe its because my tap is pretty decent but my experience has always been that plants love water changes and algae hates them
And fish too!

My Rainbows colors are on fire right after a water change.


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And fish too!

My Rainbows colors are on fire right after a water change.
I've never noted a color change, but I have no rainbows. Doesn't that put the burden on you to find out why the color improvement (assuming it means good things for the fish) so you can do it all the time and then sell it?
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I haven't seen a tank, particularly hi-tech that doesn't benefit from water changes, the bigger the better as long as your dosing back in.

To me this is about light and uptake (of organic breakdown.) If the uptake is lacking because you don't have a enough plants, then you need even more water changes to compensate. Nothing removes toxins in a quick, continuous manner then plants. But not all tanks are fruit salads or jungles. The more hardscape means less plants, so in those scapes the water changes are even more important. The more water you change the less the tank is limited by light and stock.

I also don't think you have to "see" algae for it to have negative impact on plants. There can be some on the leaf surface that you don't really see and it starts to affect growth.
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