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Old 04-01-2012, 07:08 PM   #1 
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5 Gallon Water Change Schedule?

Does anyone know a good WC schedule for a 5 gal? I was told 33% twice a week and 100% every month.
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:22 PM   #2 
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For the first few months x2 25% water changes should be done weekly due to the cycling process and after 2-3 months then weekly 25% water changes should be done
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:34 PM   #3 
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i prefer to do 2.5-3g wc a week when the tank is cycled. the ammonia spike isnt that fast but the nitrate and nitrite spikes do require frequent larger wc to keep them safe for a fish in cycle. nitrite/nitrate spikes are a bit harder to cut down after the fact but a 2nd WC will get the job done. not sure on WC% to do while in fish cycling as i went with the test kit results rather than do with a water test kit.
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:20 PM   #4 
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I've never had a noticeable nitrite spike in my 5 gal after cycling. 25% has seemed to be enough (although granted, I can't and therefore haven't tested nitrates).
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:31 AM   #5 
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thanks for the clarification Bombalurina. i have 2 betta in my 5g so it spiked a bit in my case, i had to doa 4g wc then an additional 2g wc to take nitrates down.
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:21 AM   #6 
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Thanks guys! What about for a 10 gal?
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:37 AM   #7 
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There are a few questions that I forgot to ask that would better depict the water change schedule

Live plants?
If so, how much. heavily, moderately, or lightly planted?
How long has the tank been established?
Do you change filter cartridges?
Stocking?
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Old 04-02-2012, 02:08 PM   #8 
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1. Yes.
2. Lightly
3. Not at all, so far, but I'm planning to leave it running for a week before adding fish, so that BB can grow.
4. Yup. How often should I do this?
5. Only one Betta. Yeah, he's gonna be a spoiled little guy.
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:30 PM   #9 
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1. Yay for live plants!
2. More, more, more! I jest. I just like live plants. :p
3. Running it for a week won't actually do anything. You need to add a source of ammonia, and when you do that it will take the BB much longer than one week to grow - typically about 6 weeks. I suggest reading the Cycling sticky. :)
4. Don't. Change the activated carbon, if you have any, according to the instructions, but don't change any other media. You can rinse it occasionally in dirty tank water, but that's where most of your BB lives, so every time you change it, you'll be destroying the BB and therefore your cycle.
5. Lucky little betta. ;)
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:32 AM   #10 
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So, should I run this thing for six weeks before adding fish? Or just go for it? Also, I got some cycle-starter or whatever. Does it actually provide the necessary chemicals for BB to grow?
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