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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-10-2006, 03:43 AM Thread Starter
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beginning to wonder

I have always been very religous about regular water changes, making sure the light is on regulated times of the day, even bought the very expensive bulbs. Followed a very strict regimen of fertilizers.

I went out of town a month ago. Of course, the day after I leave, my wife calls and says the entire light assembly has quit working. I have never used a heater in the water(live in Miami), water has always maintained a stable temp.

Since I couldn't come home my first worry was the water getting to cold without the light. I had my wife go to the store to buy a heater to maintain temp.

I finally get home 3 weeks after I was supposed to. All my wife did was feed the fish everyday. After 4 weeks of no light, no fertilizers, no water changes, I was very worried how the tank was going to look.

OMG, the grass has grown almost halfway up the tank(55 gallon), the leaves have never looked better on the stem plants, the water is crystal clear and the fish have never looked healthier.

Really beginning to wonder about all the regimented schedules and time spent at it.

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Maybe your wife has found a new career? My tank could use her help!

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I feel the same way is it all reeeaally necessary?

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You might just be seeing normal growth. It looks drastic since you haven't seen it for a while.
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Originally Posted by sarahbobarah
You might just be seeing normal growth. It looks drastic since you haven't seen it for a while.
My point is, it had all this growth without the normal regimen of time and money spent on it.

It spent a month in the dark, no ferts, no water changes and looked better than ever.

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Less light means less maintainance, less need to dose so religously, I have tanks here that have 1.5~2.5wpg, no C02, they get dosed some trace maybe once a week, can't tell you when they had a water change, no need.
They are full of plant's and look good. Fish and shrimp look very healthy also...
When you get over 3wpg is when you need to stay on top of things better.


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I would be willing to place money on a bet that all of us that do 40% + weekly water changes would do fine with 25% monthly.

But I dont do 40% + weekly water changes because I think it is critical. It is a preventive chore to keep my water in optimal conditions and reduce my chances of disease, poisoning and algae. After all, that 1 hour a week I spend with the siphon and buck beats the heck out of dealing with some type of tank crash and starting over (and spending more money).
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Oh! My bad, I totally got befuddled by my own logic (which, btw, came up with the theory of aquatic humans - copyrighted so don't get any ideas.)

Tom has mentioned before that sometimes tanks that get less maintenance do much better with very little water changes. I think that Keck is right on about the preventive measure being a factor in it. I know that I do my 50% change every monday at 10 a.m. and I only buy and add new fish on that day to that tank because I'm sure of the water quality. However, on 3 of my other tanks, I change water umm...... maybe once every few months and they only get light when I remember to turn their lights on.

My theory about your situation though is this: Due to your diligence with changes and ferts, your plants were able to build up a reservoir of strength that they drew on when there were no lights for a month (possibly taking advantage of diffused sunlight or ambient light) and taking up fish waste as supplemental ferts. Maybe since you weren't "pushing" certain growth with lights, the plants just grew in a different way. Like.... how certain lights will cause different leaf shapes, internodal distance, color, etc.

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