07-23-2014, 09:59 AM
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Batty...take the Liter number and divide by 4 approx to get the US Gallon equivalent. Keep in mind that changes to water are slower in larger volumes of water. Compare: Imagine a drop of red food coloring in a cup of water... then your 10 gallon tank and then a 20G long or 40G long etc. The bigger the tank the easier it is to maintain stability (given proper maintenance of course). But changes are much slower and less dangerous to your fish. So take that same analogy and over stock or over feed in the smaller tank and you see how "the numbers" build up. Ammonia, NitrItes, NitrAtes, heavy metals... lots of things. It isn't correct to just "top up" a tank when it evaporates either for this very reason. It should be topped up, then a proper water change and topped up again.
So... to what Flint explained for me. YES thank you. I understand. If there is Ammonia in the tap water like mine, then you are adding it to the tank also for each water change. Neutralizing with Prime will protect your fish while the good bacteria grow (takes 24 hours) and take it up in their processes. So YES your tank will process the extra that is added.
We like L "long" tanks as it gives them more area to swim as apposed to a vertical tall tank that they can only swim up and down.
Last edited by SeaHorse; 07-23-2014 at 10:02 AM..