12-19-2010, 12:31 AM
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Originally Posted by mikeyfishes
i thought every other day water changes were okay, would more frequent changes be necessary? my last amm # was between 0 +.25[ sometimes hard to say]?
I did a water change every day - if I had a reading, I changed the water (and until the tank has cycled, you'll have a reading). At 0.25, every other day may be ok not to kill your fish overnight, but when it increases to 0.5 or higher (I said 0.1 before, I must have meant 1.0....) I'd definitely increase the water changes to daily (or more, if you get higher readings). The way I looked at it was that the lower I kept it by water changes, the less risk of it spiking to a level that would kill the fish. I figured "start low + increase" would always be lower than "start higher + increase". It's your decision how you want to approach it.
You'll know that the tank has cycled when you get 0 for ammonia and nitrite and a reading for nitrates.