02-17-2008, 07:21 PM
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1. You should change 10-50% of your water at least once a week depending on your water params. You shoulb do gravel vacs when needed.
2. I use distilled, room temperature water. This means leaving the wate you should change out for 24hrs. If I can't leave the water out for 24hrs, then I try to get water as close to room temperature a possible.
3. You should get liquid test kit instead of strips.
4. Test once a week. Look for Nitrite (Should be at 0), Ammnoia (0), Nitrate (<20ppm), pH (depending on fish species), water hardness.