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Hello lets talk a lil about water changes i do it once a week on Friday's,my methods is to fill 5 5gallon buckets let sit for 24 hrs and change now what i like to know i see some people change about 5 to 10 percent of there water everyday wouldnt this lower our macro's and so on are they re-dosing after them lil water changes any experience on this topic
 

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I would definitely say they are re-dosing after every change. On my high light setups I change 30-50% of water on a weekly basis. I use a python system. Since I have no chlorine or chloramine in my water (as my local water report tells me) I just fill the aquarium up via the python system and then dose the entire tank. I add in my dechlorinate (I use stress coat, used it on my reefs, and now planted tanks), stress zyme, equilibrium (Water lower than 1 degree GH), sodium bicarbonate (to bring up my KH) and then I re-dose my ferts. KNO3, and plantex on one day, and then phosphates on the next. I always just treat the whole tank. I add plantex+KNO3 and phosphate in small amounts and stagger the days I add them into the tank. Plantex and KNO3 one day, phosphate the next.

I assume those that change water daily just have a daily dosing schedule like mine and dose after their mini-change.

On another note, if I had to change water via a 5gal bucket system I would go crazy. This might just be due to the fact I have 6 aquariums. A Python system has been my best investment yet, even if it does waste quite a bit of water. I could just disconnect like some and drain outside, but that really isn't feasible in my living situation.

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i dont mind doing the bucket system it only for one tank its a 75 but i dont think i can use the python because i have chlorine in my water i dont mind the bucket system because my water is 10 ft from tank so not much of a hassel..on another note i gonna get a test from my local water supply and see what i have in there i live in new york
 

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Amquel is quite cheap, add it as you fill the tank and use a python. Or make something like a python yourself.

A 75 gal can change 70% in 10-20 minutes pretty easily with this method.
You can use a trash can(32 gal etc) and aerate and use the tap sooner if you want.
You can use a pump to add the water from there to the tank also and never lift a bucket again.

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Tom Barr
 
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