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post #11 of 25 Old 03-13-2007, 10:27 PM
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i agree RTS satan with fins
i find overpowerful filters a bonus they keep my nitrates near zero the only problem (depending on the fish really)is diffusing the output i do it by deflecting the outflow agaist decor like rocks
Filters have nothing to do with removing nitrates. The only thing that removes nitrates is plants and PWC's.

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post #12 of 25 Old 03-13-2007, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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what is a PWC?

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post #14 of 25 Old 03-14-2007, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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oh ok, is once a week a pretty good avg for doing those?

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I do 50% weekly.

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post #16 of 25 Old 03-19-2007, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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well ive spent the past hour cleaning this tank in preparation.

the story on this tank is that a buddy had it out in his garage for the past few years and it still had some dirt in it (was a reptile habitat). it was pretty damn dirty.

so im checking for leaks right now. its about a 1/4 full. and no leaks from the bottom. i hope that there aren't any farther up cause i don't feel like filling up anymore right now haha.

a few short days till this tank is up and going.

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post #17 of 25 Old 03-25-2007, 12:21 PM
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50% water changes every week? thats really bad for your aquarium, your tank needs to build up beneficial bacteria to do the work for you, then you won't have to do so many water changes, also remeber most filters do the bst job at the lowest flow rate.
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post #18 of 25 Old 03-25-2007, 04:41 PM
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isnt it the gravel, ornaments, plants and most of all the filter that harbours the beneficial bacteria? the water itself has very little in it, no?
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post #19 of 25 Old 03-25-2007, 05:50 PM
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50% water changes every week? thats really bad for your aquarium, your tank needs to build up beneficial bacteria to do the work for you, then you won't have to do so many water changes, also remeber most filters do the bst job at the lowest flow rate.
lol

if your water 'built up' the beneficial bacteria then why would you ever do a water change? I do 10-15% daily, is that even worse than 50% weekly in your book?

Julie you are right. Filter is where its at, vast majority anyways.

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post #20 of 25 Old 03-25-2007, 06:08 PM
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50% water changes every week? thats really bad for your aquarium, your tank needs to build up beneficial bacteria to do the work for you, then you won't have to do so many water changes, also remeber most filters do the bst job at the lowest flow rate.
i see this many many many times on the forum. Ok heres what i have to say. Bacteria lives on surface stuff, gravel, ornaments, tank glass and most of all the filter. It is not free swimming so when you change the water your not taking any bacteria out. Second to that, no matter how much water you take out, 1% or 99%, the fish will still poop no matter what so the bacteria will always have something to eat. Also no arobic bacteria eats nitrates (there is an anox bacteria that eats it though, but there used in saltwater) so the only way to remove a lot of nitrates at once is to remove a lot of water. 50% weekly is one of the best things you can do with the fish. I know someone who does 30% daily.

What are you talking about with the filter????? The more water that goes through the filter the more water that gets filtered so obviously a filter with a high flow rate is better. Where are you getting this information, i need to check that website out and complain to it.
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