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If water chemistry is good... Should you still do a p.w.c.
Old 03-09-2010, 02:08 PM   #1
 
Question If water chemistry is good... Should you still do a p.w.c.

My question is if you test your tank water and it tests in a good and acceptable range, should you do a pwc and stress your fish?

I have no problem changing my water on my 30g planted but is it really necessary when the water checks out...

ammonia (.25) my tap water tests at .25 and I use prime on it. so thats as close to (0) as i can get.

nitrate (0)

nitrite (0)

ph (steady)
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Old 03-09-2010, 02:38 PM   #2
 
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My question is if you test your tank water and it tests in a good and acceptable range, should you do a pwc and stress your fish?

I have no problem changing my water on my 30g planted but is it really necessary when the water checks out...

ammonia (.25) my tap water tests at .25 and I use prime on it. so thats as close to (0) as i can get.

nitrate (0)

nitrite (0)

ph (steady)
Odd- usually even if you have ammonia in your tap the bacteria will still break it down into nitrate.

That question has stimulated the minds of many an aquarist. Many say no, there's no need to do the PWC, some say yes, do the PWC because elements build up in the water like fish hormones etc that need to be removed, and a few more suggest that the PWC can add dissolved CO2 to a planted tank and improve growth.

I think you should search for other topics on this forum, and make the educated decision yourself.

Personally, if the water checks out I'll skip a WC or two, but still do them at least once a month on my stable tanks.
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Old 03-09-2010, 02:43 PM   #3
 
thanks... That's what I figured I would do. If everything checks out with my water maybe doing the pwc every other week instead of weekly. I would agree with you that it is important to introduce new conditioned water to the tank to replenish and replace certain basic elements.
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Old 03-09-2010, 03:36 PM   #4
 
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Doing a pwc only when some test indication is off is not good aquarium management; and understand, I am not referring to the obvious ammonia and nitrite, but others like pH, nitrates. By that time the problem is probably far advanced, or at least the early stages have set things in motion that would otherwise not have occurred had a regular maintenance schedule been adhered to as it always should, whatever that maintenance might include. Also, such drastic changes (depending upon what the "test" is for) can cause more harm to the fish, and possibly the plants, than doing nothing. And the ramifications of such issues are frequently long-term and may go unnoticed until weeks or months from now and then be too late to remedy.

There are a couple of threads on this forum, in Freshwater Aquariums I think, on this topic, with some very knowledgeable answers. I don't really want to wade into this discussion yet, but since your stated intention is more detrimental than not, I decided I need to say something.

Water changes replicate what all fish have in nature, constantly changing fresh water. No fish in nature (with very few drying pool exceptions) lives in a closed system comparable to an aquarium. The water is always moving past, be it as slow currents in creeks and streams or convection currents in ponds and lakes creating movement and fresh water. Plus the fact that there will never be the concentration of fish to water volume in nature as in an aquarium; even if you only had one neon tetra in a 100 gallon tank, the fish is still in a closed system that is nothing like nature where it came from, directly (wild-caught) or in ancestry (tank-raised commercially).

Second issue are the substances that build up in closed systems that again would never occur in nature; these include both toxic substances from the fish and bacteria, but also other things we might not otherwise think of. Iamntbatman wrote well on this aspect in one of the other threads, I'm not going to repeat all that, and I certainly agree with it. This was the thread: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...o-water-38289/

If the aquarium is not very soft water (near-zero hardness) then it has minerals in it which do get depleted over time; these are needed by the fish and plants. The only way to replace them is via a water change. Consistency in water means better health for fish and plants.

And this gets us to the part about water changes involving how much and how often; and on this I am not going further at this time, since I have written at length in other threads.

A related thread with good info: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...-answer-38618/

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Old 03-09-2010, 03:36 PM   #5
 
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So you are talking about a planted, uncycled tank? My simple answers:

if there are fish or livestock, absolutely and i'd add a live bacterial supplement immediately as well
if there are only plants and you are currently cycling, no (they will use the ammonia)

edit: okay so me and byron must have been posting at the same time, so probably whatever he said, +1, haven't read through his post yet
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Old 03-09-2010, 04:06 PM   #6
 
Thanks Byron... I'm off to read into the thread links you gave me.
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Old 03-10-2010, 11:02 AM   #7
 
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redchigh mentioned it but I think you are testing your water wrong... the plants and/or bacteria should use the ammonia and in a healthy tank u should have 0 even if your tap was has it in it...
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