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Old 05-17-2010, 11:25 PM   #1 
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live plants and filters

This is just a curiosity thing, if you have live plants and filter the tank how do you water change if at all when you have a fish living in the tank?
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Old 05-18-2010, 01:17 PM   #2 
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If you have live plants & a filter then your tank is cycled and depending on the tank size & bioload you do about 10-30% water changes a week.

In the 6 gal planted tank I have I do 1-2 gallon water change weekly.
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:21 PM   #3 
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Lots of active growing plants can work as a filter by using the ammonia for food, however, one or two plants can not make that much difference as far as filtration goes and safety of fish related water quality.

In my very heavy natural planted (90% plants) soil based tanks- some with and without filters for water movement only not filtration, I make 1-2 times a year small water changes and due to being open tops I top off water weekly of 1-5g of fresh water (depends on what size tank)

In the lightly planted tanks IMO/E and depending on bioload, type of plants, tank size etc.....weekly to two/three weekly 50-100% water changes still need to be made, if plants are rooted in the substrate you need to be careful not to disrupt the roots with cleaning.

IMO/E-live aquatic plants are a benefit and can be helpful in keeping the water quality at its best for livestock as well as helping the livestock feel at home/safe with species that come from areas with plants
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