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Old 10-26-2009, 08:28 PM   #1 
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Water change schedule

With 9 fish, I decided to make myself a water change schedule and so far, I'm sticking to it. Before, I wasn't being real diligent with my water changes and it just isn't healthy for my fish. I'm doing a different fish each day, some days its 2 fish. Do any of you have a schedule that you go by?
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Old 10-26-2009, 08:32 PM   #2 
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I always do my water changes on Wednesday, because i have a large break between classes. I do about 20-30% on my 10 gal and siphon the bottom.
But with my the new guy in his uncycled 2 gal, I think I'm going to do 100% on Wednesday and 50% Friday.

I always do it on the day they get brine shrimp so they don't feel so bad. Lol.
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Old 10-26-2009, 08:41 PM   #3 
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I just started my own schedule too. I clean 4 or 5 tanks mondays and the other 2 or 3 wednesdays so it gives me a little break in between. I do my 1G on both of these days.
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Old 10-26-2009, 08:52 PM   #4 
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I do Flair's water change on Thursday. Marina's is done on Sunday. This varies some - it really depends on what is happening with me. If I am sick it gets pushed back a day...but pretty consistently it's Sunday and Thursday.
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Old 10-26-2009, 08:53 PM   #5 
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I clean all 4 tanks on Saturday morning. Sat. is usually my rest day so in the morning I relax by just cleaning all my tanks. They're cycled so I just do partials and I have a little routine. First I use my magnetic scraper to clean the sides of all the tanks, then I use a toothbrush to scrub the dividers and near the bottom and top where the scraper can't reach. I do my 5.5 gallon first while the 15 gallon settles (for some reason the divider grows black beard algae and I let it sink to the bottom after I scrub it so that I can siphon it up), then the 10 gallon, then the 15. In each tank I first siphon the gravel and take out 20% of the water while I'm at it. Then I scrub the plants in the old tank water and shake out the filter pads. Once I'm done with all 3 tanks I make sure my aged water is the correct temp (adding boiling water to raise it if necessary), add conditioner, and fill them all up again. My new tank I have to do after with all separate equipment because my newest Petco buddy has IP :( Later on his tank will go along with the routine as planned. All said and done, it takes me about 2 hrs to do all the tanks, but I only need to do it once a week ;)
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:07 PM   #6 
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I do the 3 gallons on Saturday, It switches every week from 50% to 100%, but I do "spot" cleaning pretty much every 2 days. On Sunday I change 15% in the 10 gallon. Then on Tuesday I do the 14 gallon with 20-25%.
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:11 PM   #7 
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Sounds good everyone. Maybe all this info will help someone who might not know how often to clean their tanks.
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:23 PM   #8 
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I agree. You def have to set up a schedule for yourself and stick to it. If you don't, weeks could go by before you realize that you haven't cleaned your tank yet.
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:31 PM   #9 
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Every Monday I do a 3 gallon change/gravel vaccum/algae scrub on my 16 gallon. I usually have to add a 4th gallon cause my house sucks up water like a sponge. I don't know where all the water goes. My house still feels like a desert. :P
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:58 PM   #10 
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Every Wednesday I do a water change, I think you should do weekly water changes on 2.5 gallon tanks or higher right...(please correct me if I'm wrong). But the thing I was wondering is if I should do a 50% water change one week then a 100% change the other (by 100% change I mean rinse the plants and the ornament in hot water and still with hot water clean what I can of the gravel and swish the water along the sides of the tank) and keep rotating like that...
should I just change the water and not bother with the toys and the gravel...

My other question was is how do you cycle a tank or how do you know if a tank is cycled...
I'm fairly new at fish keeping but who knows....maybe one day

P.S. Jasper gets a bloodworm after his water changes to calm him down and to show him that I still love him *LoL*
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