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Old 11-20-2013, 01:53 AM   #211 
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Yes, please do. I used this to make my water change schedule.
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Old 11-20-2013, 02:29 AM   #212 
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Can you make a new , updated one to replace this one?
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Old 11-22-2013, 08:04 AM   #213 
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FYI-After conducting more experiments -I no longer agree with my first findings and recommendation that are written in this sticky-
I agree with the others. If you find the time and energy it'd be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with the rest of us (write a book! I'd buy it).
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Old 11-22-2013, 06:27 PM   #214 
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Add me to the list of people begging you to update or rewrite you WC recommendations. The last sticky you wrote was my WC program. It is simple, through and logical.
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Old 11-25-2013, 04:39 PM   #215 
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I like the idea of a book. It would a pretty handy thing to have around to refer to.
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Old 11-25-2013, 06:38 PM   #216 
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I have a 10 gallon tank with a filter, so I'm doing a 50% water change weekly and vacuuming the gravel. Do you remove your tank decorations and fake plants and rinse them as well?
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Old 11-25-2013, 07:04 PM   #217 
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I have a 10 gallon tank with a filter, so I'm doing a 50% water change weekly and vacuuming the gravel. Do you remove your tank decorations and fake plants and rinse them as well?
I move them around to vacuum properly but you don't have to rinse them.
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Old 11-26-2013, 09:08 AM   #218 
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By doing 50% changes with vacuum, your tank will eventually cycle. This is a good thing. Keep to your water change schedule and don't wash your decor or tank walls. Nitrifying bacteria grow on surfaces. Let them grow.

This is for a 10g tank. Smaller tanks have different requirements.
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Old 11-28-2013, 12:37 AM   #219 
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I have my Betta in approx 3-4 gallon bowl (I don't know exactly how much I never measured before I put him in). I have a large live plant and and gravel in the tank. I don't have a filter but I change 25% of the water weekly. My fish is very active and he always eats all his food. I tested the water for ammonia a couple of days after I did a partial water change and the result was 0.

Does it sound like I'm doing all the right things for my fish. I don't have a heater yet but I live in Australia and it is currently summer so I will consider getting one in winter.
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Old 11-28-2013, 05:27 AM   #220 
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You have a water test kit. Good. Let the results determine the frequency of water changes. When you read ANY ammonia, do a 50% water change with conditioner. After a while, you'll learn how often to change water.

Even in summer a heater helps by keeping the water at the same temperature all the time. This is even more important than keeping it at any given temperature, like 78*.
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