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Re: [APD] Whhhat??

Actually, with large water changes you can keep the water
conditions very stable instead of having certain chems
continually increasing over time.

As for triggering ich. I suppose so, but it hasn't happened
to me since I started ddoing large water changes.

The mere physcial disruption of a water change could be
stressful to some fish -- but not most that are commonly
kept in the hobby, especially by newbies.

Fear not water changes. pick what method you choose to grow
plants and avoid algae, but don't fear water changes.

Scott H.

--- R S Ahl <rsahl at dimensional_com> wrote:
> >Allow the tank to mature without disruption. Large water
> changes DO put
> >stress on fish. It can even trigger ICH, particularly if
> a newbie is not
> >carefull with the temp change It could also trigger Cryp
> melt. You would be
> >changing water chemistry, hardness, pH... frequent large
> water changes can
> >interfere with spawning.
> >Robert Paul Hudson
> >www.aquabotanic.com
> IMO this whole statement is a load. You can mature a tank
> in no time. Here are two ways. One,
> add guppies feed them and in no time more mulm than you
> know what to do with (good luck on getting them all out).
> Two, add  a male and female ancistrus. This takes care of
> algae and the mulm problem. Oh, but in order for them to
> breed you have to do large water changes. 
> "Large water changes DO put stress on fish. "
> Ya.
> Maybe if they're unaccustomed to your water or your
> municipality changes water on a weekly bases.
> Trigger ICH, sure. The only time any of my fish got ICH
> is when I add fish from a questionable source.
> One word, QUARANTINE.
> I live in Denver CO. The water changes from city to city.
> I've tore down a tank completely, move to a different
> city
> and none of my Crypts melted. Then I've had melt because
> I looked at them wrong, (maybe it was a seasonal
> change in water supply) . 
> "You would be changing water chemistry, hardness, pH..."
> Maybe if you used water from different sources you would
> have chemistry problems. 
> " frequent large water changes can interfere with
> spawning."
> This really irks me. The statement is too general and
> unbecoming of a store owner. People listen to you and
> will believe you. 
> First, do you keep and breed fish? Second where do the
> fish come from?
> Your statement may apply to large lake fish. But let's
> take the Amazon river basin and it tributaries. If you
> want to
> breed these fish you feed them well and change lots of
> water, The water changes signifies the rainy session
> and lots of food. This may not apply to killifish and
> some others. 
> 	Steve
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S. Hieber

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