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Old 02-14-2013, 10:10 AM   #21 
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With or without a filter-water changes will be needed-Having a filter and an established nitrogen cycle won't eliminate the need for water changes-This is a closed system and nothing leaves the tank until you remove it or the biofilter breaks it down to less harmful byproducts. When the filter remove mulm/debris from the water column- it is in the filter media-being circulated over and over-until the BB break it down.

Too many water changes can be as bad as not enough in some cases. Its a balance with a closed system. You have lots of bacteria in the water-both good and bad-The slow growing good help to keep the fast growing bad controlled. When you remove too much of the good- the fast growing bad can take over. You also have antibody development that is important. It is hard to support life in too clean and sterile conditions.

Balance....
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Too many water changes can be as bad as not enough in some cases. Its a balance with a closed system. You have lots of bacteria in the water-both good and bad-The slow growing good help to keep the fast growing bad controlled. When you remove too much of the good- the fast growing bad can take over. You also have antibody development that is important. It is hard to support life in too clean and sterile conditions.

Balance....
Truer words were never spoken OLF. I learned the hard way once in my 75. I put in so many things to clean the water I sterilized it and fish died like crazy!
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