Tip of the Day – 10/2/2013

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Water changes don’t have to be a big, long, drawn out ordeal. Sure, they make for a great opportunity to do other tasks, such as clean coralline algae from the glass or scrub the gunk off of pump intakes, but if you’re looking for something quick and effective, just do the water change. All you have to do is make the water, which isn’t an exhaustive process by any means, then siphon old water out of the tank and fill it back up. It really is that simple, and doing it once a week or once every two weeks shouldn’t be much of an issue. And with proper planning and equipment, you could even automate the process to some extent. Regardless of how they are done, frequent water changes have a huge upside. They are constantly diluting harmful and undesirable substances, and they are constantly adding much needed elements back into the aquarium. Sure, the task seems daunting if you’re tired and can’t get up off the couch, but are they really that bad?

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  • Well said. Regular water changes are the best thing you can do for your aquarium and may be the most important. ~98% of the time when we acquire a new maintenance account it is because water changes were not done frequently enough.(or were done with high TDS water) If life gets in the way and you can not possibly do them… you can always look for a reliable aquarium service company. 😉

  • Jeff926

    Agreed. I hear about people taking 30 or 40 minutes doing a water change. This is ridiculous and is the result of having an inefficient procedure. Take some time to come up with a good streamlined process with as few steps as possible. The biggest breakthrough for me was doing what I call a “running water change” where I never turn the return pump off. In order to do this, you need to have enough extra water in the sump that you can take out a 5-10 and the water level is still above the pump intake.