05-09-2011, 06:10 PM
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My friend just got a 15 gallon tank and is cycling it with a few danios... Question is, she wants to know how many water changes she should do since there will obviously be ammonia in the water since the good bacteria didnt build yet. She's had it running for a week and the highest the ammonia went is 1ppm, and she does 30-40% water changes daily and uses prime and stability (seachem). I dont really know the answer to this question, so I told her I would ask the pros! :) I recommended doing small water changes daily or 40% every other day just to dilute the ammonia. Also, she doesn't know if she should clean the gravel with the water changes, or wait until the tank is fully cycled and then start cleaning the gravel once a month... Is once a month enough? I told her to sign up to this forum and she said she was going to but i figured I would post this asap, thanks guys!