how often do you do water changes on big tanks

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  1. marinerules

    marinerules Wonderpus Registered

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    i have a 240 bimac tank , how often should i be doing water changes ? and how much of a water change?
     
  2. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    There isn't an answer to that other than to test your water just now for pH, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, phosphate, silicate, calcium etc etc and then test the exact same next week and every week after... ecentually you will learn when your tank needs a WC

    Each tank is differerent and depends on your filter, photoperiod, skimmer, live rock, live stock etc etc

    whats the dimensions on your tank? a 72x24x24 with a 60 gal sump? I used to do monthly WCs on a 200 gal tank...
     
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    ive only ever measured nitrite , nitrate, amonia and ph ,

    where is a good test kit to get the other stuff tested that u mentioned
     
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    To be honest, they are probably not all that that important if your other parameters you do check for are okay... as i guide i normally say a monthly 10 - 25% water change depending on how quickly your nitrate creeps up and your pH creeps down

    but in a 240 gal tank you may get away with a lot more than a bimac in say, a 40 or 50 gal tank
     

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