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Who DOES NOT do weekly WCs?

OK so I do weekly 50% water changes like clockwork, but I'm interested to find out how many slackers (with high-tech tanks) avoid this chore and get away with it.

Now I know weekly WCs are a prerequisite for the EI method, but I still wanna hear the viable alternatives, if any.
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I don't do EI... and I use an EC meter to measure buildup of stuff in my tanks, and accordingly some tanks get a water change every other week.

My 10 gal tank which has quite a nice collection of (small) fish is due weekly, while the 36 gal tank doesn't have much fish in it and usually is skipped a week.

For EI I would suggest to do 50% weekly to avoid buildup of salts.


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I've always heard from LFS that 20% monthly was what you should shoot for, but what do they know, eh?

I've let mine go longer than that, and I've also done weekly and biweekly water changes. I get away with it. Unfortunately it depends a lot on how busy I am (doing a WC on my 110, which is in the lobby of my company, is a bit of a chore which involves hauling very very long hoses). Ideally weekly would be good, but sometimes it's just not possible!


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Based on this thread, you dont need to do weekly water changes with E.I.

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Speaking of non clockwork weekly WC....

My friend is also a slacker, because he has a system which allows him to do 10% daily WC by constantly running new water at a small rate to his planted pond. What a guy


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I do water changes every 2 weeks and at the same time i change my sponges .
I take out the old ones and put then in the wash . and put in some that i have washed
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From other people's experiences Ginny, i hear it's best not to do that at the same time as it leaves no bacteria to break down your ammonia. You can get huge ammonia spikes and one day, if you're unlucky - bye bye fish.
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I do water changes once every 2-4 weeks @ 20%. Of that 20%, 1/4 is tap and 3/4 RO. I do not use EI. I use AP Nitrogen and Phosphate tests, as well as Hagan Fe test - once a week, dose accordingly with Potassium Nitrate, Monopotassium Phosphate, and Kent Iron. I dose the 20% new water with Potassium Sulfate to 15-20ppm. I do not dose micros (such as Flourish) because I believe my tap to have a plethora of such minerals.

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I have a 30gl wetdry with 20 gl of bioballs so my bioballs keep me from having any ammonia spikes .
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I do water changes whenever I get the R/O up and working, but that only happens about twice a week because we have a portable dishwasher that needs to connect to the sink. I typically do 2-3 30% changes a week. In the summer water from the hose is 1/2 off because of a lawn watering clause (you don't pay for sewage). Therefore, I can make water outside for half the cost, and leave the unit on all day to drain into a 55 gallon barrel. I plan on doing daily changes then. I like water changes. It just puts everything back in balance, plus the flora/fauna love it. It's probably because I empathize with the fish and shrimp and try to provide the cleanest possible environment.

P.S. If you have enough plants and didn't overstock, ammonia spikes shouldn't be an issue.

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I have had fairly good results by doing a 55-60% change every 2 - 3 weeks.
I dont have extreme lighting though, if I did, I am sure I would have to do more.

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i couldnt tell you honestly when the last time was i did a WC on any of my tanks. the 55 got one early last week but that was the first in maybe a month

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I have had fairly good results by doing a 55-60% change every 2 - 3 weeks.
I dont have extreme lighting though, if I did, I am sure I would have to do more.
My tank is pretty similar. I'm gonna try bi-weekly changes.
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I have always done 50% water changes with the EI method on my 20g aquarium. But now since I upgraded to a 50g, doing 50% is quite a bit of water to change that'll be about 100g of water alone a month if I do weekly water changes. I have decided that I will be doing 20-30% water changes every 2 weeks and see how things goes.
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I to do a 30-40% every 8 to 10 days on average. I don't follow the EI method as I rarely dose nitrates and phosphates. Two week interval for WC is pushing it for me, regards algae. The three times a month seems to be a decent compromise.





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