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post #1 of 3 Old 02-17-2008, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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may look dumb.....

But I have a few questions... I have had my tank over a year, never done water changes, or tested anything. I always use water conditioner when adding water, and just a scrubber and magnetic brush for the algea. I am just wondering how often should i change water?
How do I heat it up to make them the same temp?
What kind of tests do I need to get?
How often do you test and what for?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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post #2 of 3 Old 02-17-2008, 07:21 PM
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.
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post #3 of 3 Old 02-17-2008, 10:21 PM
If you go to Petsmart they will test your water for you, for free. Thats what I do. They will give you exact amounts too. I think other places do to if you ask.

Good Luck!

Me: You need to wait until you're grown up, have a steady job and a house before you can get a 120+ gallon aquarium.

Myself: But I really want some some Bala Sharks, Tiger barbs and a red tailed black shark! That would be awesome!

Me: Stick to Bettas at least until you're out of college.

Myself: *Sigh*
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