How much water should I change out weekly?

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    ironnie7i

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    I have a 55 gallon tank and I want to know how much water I should take out when I do a weekly water change? Also a bi-weekly?

    Thanks a lot
     
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    PRC Stop Quoting Me!

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    Most people do a 20% change weekly. In your case, 10-15 gallons.
     
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    +1 PRC.....When i do water changes i do about 20-30% water change every 2 weeks, but i also have a 120gal tank too.
     
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    If your water parameters stay good and you don't have algae problems, you could go as low as 5 gallons per week (10%).
     
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    I agree with biff...if you're consistent, then 5gal a week is perfect...or else, 10gal bi-weekly.
     
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    OhNoNemo i love triggers

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    I do a 5 gallon every saturday(125 gallon tank)
     
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    ironnie7i

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    sweet thanks guys.
     
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    That's below the norm, but..........

    I only do a water change (40%) once every 8-12 weeks on my Zero Edge.
    I do a 15% water change once every 3 weeks on my RSM.

    I've never been normal.
     
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    OhNoNemo i love triggers

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    Who wants to be normal anyway...lol
    I look at it like,if it aint broke ,don't fix it,been doing my WC's this way for 3+ years..
     
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    I've been doing 10 gallons a week in my 55. Thinking about doing 10 every two weeks. But then again I'm having some issues so I'm trying a few new things..:mrgreen:
     
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    PRC Stop Quoting Me!

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    Really?...Do you think that it helps?
     
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    OhNoNemo i love triggers

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    Well its not hurting anything,plus why wouldn't it,i'm still taking out old and replacing with new..I guess i never understood why there are all these ratios to everything,like WC's and CUC's and this many watts for this many gallons...Even though i know nothing about that(i have no serious corals),but i would think just because someone was a few watts off,all their corals wouldn't die.Plus, i'm just a rebel..LOL.:mrgreen:
     
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    I currently dont have an RODI system which im planning to buy. Is regular distilled water from the 5 gallon jugs from like home depot or walmart be fine?
     
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    Yep that will be fine!
     
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    OhNoNemo i love triggers

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    Well,this could get tricky,because IMO yes its fine, but guess what, I use Tap Water:shock:
     
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    No! :shock:
    Mr. Rebel you take risks too!:death:
     
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    You're fired.



    :)
     
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    Hahaha Come on, I use tap water! but melbourne water is proven to be good for tanks in Australia ;)

    No RODI systems for me hehe.
     
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    OhNoNemo i love triggers

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    IDK,whats riskier ,not QTing new fish or using tap water,hmmmm....:sfish:
    Plus like i said,if it aint broke..,,never once had an algae problem,or any problem that so many people are too quick to blame on tap water...,but no,i don't have super delicate corals either..coming up on 4 yrs(August) since i set -up my first SW tank with tap...plus,all tap isn't the same, i'm sure of that...I don't think all of us could get away with it,but i also don't think one should be put in front of the firing squad for using it:mrgreen:
     
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    Hahaha Nemo, I feel the same

    Here are a few no no's i do all the time

    I have no QT tank
    I use Tap water
    I dont really acclimate my fish, inverts and corals for more than 30 minutes.

    Other than that, I dont do much wrong :p
     
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