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How long did everyone wait after first setting up the tank to start the first maintenance?......i personally and gona wait another 2weeks before my first one to let everything get settled in quite well... but i would love to hear everyone elses opinion on what they chose to do?!?!

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Water changes? 3 weeks.
Filter cleaning? 2 months.

A new tank is a fairly delicate system. Sure, you may have cycled and have no ammonia levels, but it takes time for all the nitrifying bacteria to build up and make a stable system. The less you disturb a new system, the better. The best thing you can do is water changes, though. They never hurt. Unless your tap water is poison, LOL :hehe:

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My advice is to monitor the ammonia and nitrites regularly till they get to zero. If they get out of hand, do a 20-25% water change. Let them elevate to safe levels though or your biological filter won't get a chance to develop. If you add new fish do the monitoring thing again until your sure the biological filter is doing its thing. After that, do as gulf coast suggests.
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