Water changes, do you love them or hate them?

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I thought this may be an interesting topic to talk about.
Water changes, do you love them or hate them?
I personally love them as I find them to be extremely therapeutic most of the time. Especially on my SPS tank, watching it go from looking all dirty to being a nice clean tank with no algae on the glass or sand is really rewarding. I dislike them when it comes to having to replace sand (I think I’m done replacing it as it’s at a fineness and got enough varied sizes in it), getting the fish out and back in is a pain. But again it’s all worth it for the outcome! And rescaping the tank is a dream. I also find I get better PE from all my coral after a water change.

So what do you think about water changes?

And since I don’t know what photo to put here, here’s a photo of the improved PE I got after my last water change, this hammer is Atleast 6 heads if not 8 definitely passing the tennis ball size - hoping to get it to football size!
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I agree they are therapeutic. One of my favorite times of the week is water change and testing day. I will put on music or a reefing podcast and just enjoy the time with my tanks.

I will usually turn the flow off and inspect everything. Sometimes I get inspired to take pictures like this one from last week!

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I agree they are therapeutic. One of my favorite times of the week is water change and testing day. I will put on music or a reefing podcast and just enjoy the time with my tanks.

I will usually turn the flow off and inspect everything. Sometimes I get inspired to take pictures like this one from last week!

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I love the top down views! My newest tank is aiming for that top down view to be the best view.
 

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I'm envious of some of you. I don't mind a water change when things are going well, gives me time to absorb the goodness of the tank.

More often though I've hated them with a passion. (they're alot better than they used to be from when I first started though and had to deal with water containers glugging away and splish splashing everywhere). Used to be an hour + ordeal for me, but that's come down now that I've streamlined the way I do things.

I appreciate things after though if corals respond well and look happier and so on.
 
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This topic comes up way too much. I don't water change unless there is an emergency. I dose and I do not want to remove anything from my water column and make it inconsistent. Also, I keep a higher PH and don't want a shift. I've been doing it like this since 2012 and its what works for my tank. You do you.
 
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I agree they are therapeutic. One of my favorite times of the week is water change and testing day. I will put on music or a reefing podcast and just enjoy the time with my tanks.

I will usually turn the flow off and inspect everything. Sometimes I get inspired to take pictures like this one from last week!

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Wow... That is beautiful! Zoa's don't get harassed by euphyllia? Maybe my sense of depth is off and they're underneath them. Either way... This is an awesome garden!
 
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Don’t like them. Depending on size of tank they can be expensive And someone made a good point once on another thread….salt is way more expensive than dosing the trace and major elements that water changes replenish. There are a ton of different ways to mitigate water changes while keeping livestock happy. E9C2E0A7-BFCE-40A6-A9C9-BDB3573F6375.jpeg
 
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I dont enjoy them but my corals seem to like them. I also do other maintenance while doing my water change.. Kinda like cutting the grass, once its done I can sit back an enjoy how much better it looks. Turn on the tunes and get to it .. I have a 116 gal total system and only change about 8 gals a week. I tried going 2 weeks and corals did not seem to like it..
 

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Definitely see a change after one is done but they got monotonous after a few years. Heavy buckets, time consuming, ro/di running over and flooding, ect.
I always found ways to shorten it and make them better. I got it down to swapping 12 gallons of water in 5 minutes.
Now I have the auto water change and love it. Just mix water every couple weeks and done.
 
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I’m firmly in the “it’s therapeutic” camp. Thanks for starting this thread, @i cant think! I honestly wondered if I was the only one who looked forward to weekly maintenance.

Honestly, I’m not sure what the cost-to-benefit ratio is for my tank. It’s a 225g and I only change 15g a week but I realllly look forward to my Saturday morning tank maintenance.

I’ll either play the MTV Classic channel or put on a Premier League match and just get lost in it all. It’s become like meditation for me so I take my time. It’s not unusual for me to spend 90 minutes cleaning the tank, testing the water, changing water, and poking around. I find I personally feel so much better after I’m done.
 
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