Should i do a water change?

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  1. Saumann7

    Saumann7 Active Member

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    this may seem like a dumb question and maybe it is but here we go. I’m conflicted on whether i should do a water change on my 5 gallon reef tank. I haven’t done one since i did a fluconazole treatment about 10 weeks ago, and my tank is actually doing better than it ever has with the changes, I’m getting coralline, coral growth, and everything is very healthy. So I’m not sure whether changing the water will risk messing something up or not because I’m pretty happy with the tank as of now. The parameters are all stable and pretty good although admittedly I haven’t tested in a few weeks. Should I just let it be? Any opinions or advice is welcome.

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    Since you haven't tested in a few weeks.......test.....post test.....and then we can help you. You have only a few easy to keep corals and really only look okay not impressive and kinda bleached out. Test and find out if you need a water change.
     
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    Which corals are bleached out exactly? The only coral which is more brown is the sps because my light isn’t that strong but even that is growing. And most of the stuff is still frags
     
  4. brandon429

    brandon429 why did you put a reef in that R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

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    Very nice tank and recovery photo

    Water changes are neutral to everything you mentioned and are concerned about.
    If you 100% water change every morning, for example, your tank could take in more feeding without waste buildup, it would make the system better not worse. That is to illustrate the example that they are not harmful, ever, for a nano but to stave one off too long sure can be.

    An example like your tank to show the theory
    http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2010/4/aquarium
    No aspect of a water change in a nano reef is harmful, they’re regenerative

    The longest living nano reefs on the planet have done thousands of full water changes. In your case, the fish needs to swim so it might be like 80% lol

    Clearly a period of no water change shows how all systems will glide


    But, the oldest sources of nano reefing you can find on the Internet are getting worked with changes and sandbed attention, at least weekly typically. Below five gallons that mode becomes the dominant method one can lookup on the matter.

    One reason to do them is to allow for more feeding to the corals, and because it exchanges out phosphates in solution for clean water so that your calcium carbonate structures (sand rocks) don’t directly uptake free po4 into the matrix.


    It’s not that you have to or should change pace. It’s that the longest living examples have shown that changing water before problems arise is how you get a tank so old, 12+
     
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    saltyfilmfolks Lights! Camera! Reef! R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader Photo of the Month Award R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    I would do a small one yes. One gal. Just to keep up the alk/cal.
     
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