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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-02-2014, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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Water Changes

I learned a lesson the hard way of NOT doing correct water changes. I have a 75 heavily planted tank. I would take a 5 gal bucket and vacuum the bottom and that was all I would take out of the tank. 5 gal about 1x a week. So what did I gain out of NOT doing this correctly. The dreaded BLACK BEARD ALGAE! I now know that I WILL take 25% of water each and every week. My husband has now taken a permanent marker and marked the side of the tank to let me know THIS is how much I need to take out a week. As for the black beard algae it was only on 1 plant very heavily. So I took the plant out and did a peroxide dip, trimmed off the dead leaves, added 2 more mystery snails, and 1 more sucky fish. And I will say the plant is 75-80 % free of the Black Beard algae. LESSON LEARNED!!!!!
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Do you have a Python water changer? That helps.

"Sucky fish"? You may want to find out exactly what kind it is.

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My current project, a 65 gallon aquarium stocked with vernal pool fauna.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-03-2014, 05:45 AM
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50% is better. +1 on the python, I love mine, the only time I lug a bucket is on filter cleaning day.
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