04-15-2012, 05:22 PM
| || | Successful water change, but should I have turned off the filter?
Originally Posted by Hanky
what part of NY are you from? I'm from the Buffalo area.
Yours is not a dumb question at all. Yes you should be doing water changes each week, how much depends on the quality of the water, how many fish you have and what kind, do you test the water? when your nitrates get high like 20-30 ppm then you should do water change. I change 50% a week but even 25-30% can be sufficient, cheapest way is get a 5 gallon bucket and keep it for just fish water, and use a gravel vacum to vacum half the tank, You could probibly start with a 10 galoon water change, empty out 2 full buckets then refill the bucket with fresh water and add your conditioner make sure tempature of new water is the same as the tank. all the good bacteria is in the filter media and the gravel thats why you only vacume half the tank at a time then next time do other half, rinse your filter media out in old tank water never rinse under the faucet.
Thank you so much for your help! I am from the Syracuse area but I have relatives in Buffalo.
Anyway, my water is a little clearer (few
) it's still a bit cloudy but it does look a lot better! I ended up taking out about 1/4 of the tank's water and I only stopped when the filter started making a weird noise (was I supposed to turn it off for the water change?). The water was a greenish tinted color in the sink so I assume that was from the moss balls I put in. Strange but it seems to me like the fish look more content and almost brighter in their coloration...maybe it's my imagination.. Anyway I also have a 10 gallon, the water is very clear in that tank but I assume I should be doing water changes once a week in that one too? I don't have the test kits for nitrate nitrite and ammonia levels yet (when I set up the tank the pet smart people told me I didn't need that stuff until months in, along with the gravel vacuum....which are things that are all foreign to me as I had a ten gallon tank growing up and honestly never heard of water changes or gravel syphoning and had fish that lived what I thought was a long time- 6 years.) SO, I am glad to know how to make my fish have a healthier happier habitat, thanks again!