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Old 08-09-2012, 03:39 PM   #1 
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after fish cycle

so after 4 to 6 weeks i only change my water once a week ? how much water do i change ?
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Old 08-09-2012, 04:14 PM   #2 
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It depends on the size of your tank. I usually change 50% each week on all of my tanks.
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Old 08-09-2012, 04:26 PM   #3 
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i have a 5.5 gallon
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Old 08-09-2012, 05:06 PM   #4 
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I would suggest 1 30-50% per week, with vacuuming of the gravel (vacuum to remove the %).
If there are live plants, it will depend on how many and of what kind, but live plants can lower it to only need 1 20-30% per week with vacuuming once every other week.
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ok so which live plant is low maintenance and will let me change the water 20% to 30% every other week and how many do i need in a 5.5 gallon tank??
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Old 08-09-2012, 11:14 PM   #7 
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Here's the catch. The low-maintenance plants are slow-growers who don't take up that much ammonia (slow growing means slow absorption of nutrients). Unless you have a lot, you'll still need to change the water almost as often. The fast-growing plants need a little bit more maintenance in the form of fertilizers and good lighting. But they will reduce the ammonia in your tank and you could do smaller weekly water changes.
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