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Old 10-03-2012, 05:12 PM   #1 
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?'s about 100% water changes

Are 100% water changes safe to do? I've read that it's safe for the bacteria given the substrate stays wet. I think one of my tanks has a bacteria bloom sbs the cloudiness won't go away after 50-75% changes. Also, will 100% changes lower ammonia levels or is it better to just do two 50% changes every week?

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Old 10-03-2012, 05:15 PM   #2 
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do 100%...
ie. if you had an ammonia reading of 1ppm everyweek, 2 50% changes back to back will leave you with .25ppm

whereas a 100% clears it all out
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:15 PM   #3 
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100% changes are only for non-filtered tanks.. Your tank is filtered, correct? You stated a bacterial bloom has occurred so that really happens to filters. It's really bad to do 100% changes when cycling tanks as the beneficial bacteria will all die of the chlorine. :\ Water changes will make the bloom worse so don't do them... 100% changes are safe and will take out all ammonia in the tank
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:27 PM   #4 
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Lebron, yes! Both of my tanks are filtered. My 5 gallon is super cloudy, but I guess I'll just keep with my normal water schedule and hope it goes away with time. The ammonia question is for my filtered 10 gallon tank. Both are still cycling so it looks like 100% water changes are out of the picture lol. For my 10 gallon should I just continue with two 50% changes a week?

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Old 10-03-2012, 08:29 PM   #5 
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Oh! And idk if this makes a difference but my 10 gallon has 2 java fern and a moss ball haha
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:23 PM   #6 
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The plants will help at the end.. Lol. Yep, still do 2 50% water changes per week. 1 with a siphon, and 1 just water. The BB (beneficial bacteria) live in the gravel too, so you don't want to disturb their "reproductive stage".
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:42 PM   #7 
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Should I do the water changes back to back or with a few days inbetween?
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:59 PM   #8 
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I forgot to mention that my 10 gallon currently houses 6 harlequin rasbora. I jumped the gun and got a full school instead of getting 3, and then slowly introducing more over time. So that was my bad and now I think I have to do extra maintenance to make sure these little dudes and dudettes don't die. I've only had them for 5 days now, they SEEM fine but time will tell. I love feeding them, they're like little piranhas.
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