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Old 01-31-2013, 12:38 PM   #11 
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Double post sorry

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Old 01-31-2013, 12:42 PM   #12 
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He likes to hang against the filter but I have never seen his fins actually get sucked in

I am doing 20% changes daily right now but that will go to a weekly 20% after the cycle is established
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:27 PM   #13 
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Mystery solved ... just saw his fins get sucked in ... covering the intake with a sock for now
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:56 PM   #14 
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Glad it was something simple. I would do more than a 20% weekly, more like 50% but that's just me.
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:11 PM   #15 
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every forum and page i have read says 20% a week is more than enough even aqadvisor
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:52 PM   #16 
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As I said that's just me. I based my % on what others with much more experience than I have advised. If your levels are staying good with a 20% then by all means keep it 20%, I was just offering an opinion. Aq advisor is a good tool but it can be wrong from what I understand. I have used it & then asked others with experience just to verify I had accurate information.
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:58 PM   #17 
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Only 20% per week on a 5g?? 50% is way safer, especially for such a delicate finned.
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:04 PM   #18 
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I agree about 50% water changes. And a lot of people even do more than that for bigger tanks. Of course along with filter media rinsing in the old water WITH a water changes and gravel vacuum regularly.
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:30 PM   #19 
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thats what i was told ... i refuse to do that big of a change at once i would split it into two smaller changes ... i have a gravel vac but i am afraid to use it with how heavily planted my tank is :( but i dont want the gravel getting filthy

for now though i am doing daily changes to keep him healthy during the cycle
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:40 PM   #20 
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50% with siphon is needed in a fully cycled tank of this size, and cycling will take up to 2 months.. so how long has this been set up? What is your ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels?

It looks like fin rot due to inadequate water changes during cycling..

What filter are you using?
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