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Old 01-02-2013, 01:17 PM   #31 
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You will be changing the water weekly so I can see getting away with not buying a nitrates test.
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:23 PM   #32 
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Here is how I do water changes.

I turn off my heater and filter, I start siphoning the gravel until the desired amount of water is removed. In your case, remove water until you have left just enough water for your fish to swim, let's say the height of his body plus 1 inch or so. Then, fill your bucket with clean dechlorinated water (try to temperature match it, you can use your tank thermometer) and add it back in until you have filled it all the way up again. Then restart your filter and heater.

Yes, in the beginning, fish don't like this and will swim around frantic and hide... but they do get used to it and it becomes less of a deal. My guppies, for example, follow my siphon around and make it a pain.



this is the solution i will be using....as well as using my gravel vacuum thank you all for your help

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Old 01-02-2013, 01:26 PM   #33 
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Someone forgot to tell my Neons and Danios to be scared of the gravel vacuum. They think cleaning time is a big game of chase the tube.
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:28 PM   #34 
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lol thats cute phay........now another forum is telling me to get the ammonia test kit and nitrate test kit ....see why im getting confused :( which one is more important for goodness sakes?
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Ammonia Test kit.
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:32 PM   #36 
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IAL is good for all Blackwater fish.

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Old 01-02-2013, 01:33 PM   #37 
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thanks cbetta..... ha i made a shorter name sorry
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Ammonia and Nitrites test are the most important. Those both can and will kill fish. Nitrates aren't as toxic to fish and are the end produce of a bio filter.
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Ammonia and Nitrites test are the most important. Those both can and will kill fish. Nitrates aren't as toxic to fish and are the end produce of a bio filter.
sorry i dont quite understand what you just said..
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