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Why is it that when I neglect my tank...

everything goes great in it? No fish die, the plants still grow, and it generally looks good. By neglect I mean not doing regular water changes just topping off and stopping the co2 and fertilizing only when
I think about it. But when I take great care of the tank, regular water changes, prune and fertilize the plants, feed frozen foods couple of times a week, everything goes to pot? When I neglect the tank the fish breed, when I take care of it they die. Just this past week they've developed ich and now one of my sae's had its scales sticking out and has died.
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I have exactly the opposite happen, as I would expect. When I am very busy for a week, the tanks start getting ugly. The plants get too long and the algae starts getting out of hand. It is way too easy to let them slip for a week.

Two 1 GA desktops, a 5 gallon, a 2.5 gallon, a 10 gallon, a 20 gallon, a 25 gallon, and two 75 gallon tanks, all planted.
I am an expert on algae, so ask me if you have questions. I know how to grow it, just not how to get rid of it.
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I used to have the same problem; fish always seemed so much healthier and active when I was in neglect of the tank.

The one thing I do differently now is letting my water sit for a couple days before I change it. And I feed my fish less then I used to, I was an over feeder I think!

Other then that, I try to follow advise and read this forum all the time. Great ideas, great tips, best forum out there!
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You're not the only one, Ginnie. I've also noted that when I tend to tinker with the tank too much, it doesn't do as well. Sometimes just what our tanks need is to just be left alone, I guess!
Then again, it might just be a perceived thing, since when we are constantly tinkering with the tank, we are also constantly monitoring it and expecting immediate results.

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Could be. One thing that everyone should be aware of is consistency. Drastic changes can be detrimental to both plants and fish, even though it might be in the right direction. Introduce changes slowly and then once the desired results are achieved, keep it consistent.


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