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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-02-2011, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Newb question, how long to wait in between water change and filter change?

Normally they are a fair distance from one another but this week it seems that I really really need to do both. Which one should I do first? And how long should I wait before doing the other?
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I always do both at the same time.
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I always do both at the same time.
Really? I was told that kills off fish....
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I do both at the same time too. I use tank water to rinse out the sponges and put them back in the filter which ought to leave the bacteria left in them in good health. I wave the siphon over the top of the substrate which doesn't disturb any beneficial bacteria but I do wipe the panes clean which is removing some biofilm.
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Remember, you're on a planted tank forum. In the case of a planted tank, there is a much much smaller risk of having a cycle crash because the plants act as a buffer and will absorb ammonia.


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Agree. Use tank water in bucket during water change.
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If the tank has been established for months, the substrate and surfaces within the tank can act as a temporary bio filter as long as they get some aeration. Plants will also absorb that stuff.

If your tank is fairly new then id only do one at a time just to be safe.

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I clean my filter every 45 days and change water every 7-10 days works well
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The Water column doesnt have nitrifying bacteria in it. You can change 100% of it and the fiish waste still present in the filter and substrate will keep the bacteria alive in the filter.. rinsing the filter media in tank water wont break loose established bacteria, if its healthy it will cling to the media without a problem

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