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Old 09-22-2011, 02:25 PM   #1 
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Cycling a 55 gallon?

If I cycle my 55 gal and plant it with floating plants and ground plants,and it was cycled with a filter.would it still need water changes?im looking at dividing my 55 or my 180 for betta :) but I dont wanna water change a 180 weekly

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Old 09-22-2011, 02:29 PM   #2 
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If I cycle my 55 gal and plant it with floating plants and ground plants,and it was cycled with a filter.would it still need water changes?im looking at dividing my 55 or my 180 for betta :) but I dont wanna water change a 180 weekly
you dont need to change as much. the bigger the tank, the less you need to change the water
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you dont need to change as much. the bigger the tank, the less you need to change the water
Correct me if im wrong (i am a lot) ive never WC a regular tank..why do it for betta?
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Correct me if im wrong (i am a lot) ive never WC a regular tank..why do it for betta?
. . . How do you clean your tanks then? Unless you do a full tank cleaning all the time water changes are kinda necessary. .
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. . . How do you clean your tanks then? Unless you do a full tank cleaning all the time water changes are kinda necessary. .
Filter,cory cats,some plants,a scrubby for the walls.
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Old 09-22-2011, 03:13 PM   #6 
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Is that wrong?never had a problem.
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Old 09-22-2011, 03:17 PM   #7 
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Unless it's heavily planted, nitrates can still get quite high in a 55g. I did a 50% partial water change twice a month in my brackish tank. (It wasn't heavily planted.)

Grab a liquid (not strip) test kit for nitrates and test your water. If your nitrates stay in the 5-20 ppm level without water changes, then it's not necessary. If your nitrates are higher than that, then you'll want to do a 10-20% pwc once a week until you can plant more heavily to absorb the extra nitrates.

A test kit will determine it more than anything else. There's no definitive rule when variants like plants and livestock come into play.

Cory cats don't really contribute to the stability of the tank, though. They're not a cleanup crew. Shrimp, on the other hand, are excellent for removing detritus without the bioload that fish add.
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Thank you for the help,what kibda shrimp?ghost shrimp?
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Old 09-22-2011, 03:30 PM   #9 
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Ghost shrimp, amano shrimp, blueberry shrimp, yellow shrimp, red cherry shrimp, crystal red shrimp, etc. are all great for clean up. There are some seriously cool colors you can get.

Bamboo/wood shrimp look awesome, but they won't clean up crud off the bottom. They're more filter feeders.
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Lol sweet,ill look into it for my 10g also :) im grabbing my 55 and a sheet of glass as we type.
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