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How often would you change the water in my tank with no testing kit.
I have a 10 gallon with 1 male betta, 1 golden apple snail, 3 ghost shrimp, and +/-3 pond snails, 2 big chunks of hornwort, a few stems of anacharis,1 jungle val, 2 Sagittaria Subulata(Dwarf) and a few moneywort stems. Also, how would that change after adding 3 neon tetras? and then 3 more for a total of 6? I change it every 3-4 days as the snail poo builds up and worries/annoys me.
The testing kit is out of the question for now as there are things higher on the priority list and money is very short.
The answer depends on more info. What type of filter, what % water change, how much food, type of food, etc. You may want to try www.AqAdvisor.com for a ballpark estimate on stocking and water changes. The more you feed/overfeed, the more and larger water changes you'll need. Most of us overfeed without realizing it :-)
More water changing is usually safer than less...
Recommended water change schedule: 23% per week.
Your aquarium stocking level is 86%.
^^That's with an added blue apple snail.
Sounds like you have it under control. I change about 40-50% in my tanks each week. Sometimes in one large change, usually in 2 smaller changes.
I'm gonna vote 25% weekly, religiously. You can do a bit more if your bored, but if you are feeding properly and are not over stocked, 25% in a cycled, stable tank should be sufficient.
Also, unless it's a planted tank, I believe the weekly WC should be done with a gravel siphon to remove as much crud from the gravel as possible so it does not become a nitrate factory.
Make sure the water that goes back in has the appropriate temperature and is treated as/if necessary for chlorine.
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