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[APD] RE: Aquatic-Plants Digest, Vol 4, Issue 109
Happy holidays to you and your family.
"So the bottom line is, don't get your knickers in a twist over ich, and for
HEAVEN sake, don't fear water changes!"
I agree with most of what you said. However, I don't think any of us fear
water changes. We have been around long enough to realize that a good water
change can solve a lot of things and should be considered a good thing.
What I draw an issue with is having to do large weekly water changes to
counter the large nutrient input. As I mentioned before, I would not like
to tell a friend that is looking to get into planted aquariums that he has
to be ready to committ to 50% weekly water changes. This is especially true
if they do not have easy access to a semi automatic, hose system and must
rely on buckets.
What I would likely tell them is to use the mega dosing method until they
get the hang of things and can afford to invest in good test kits. Then
begin to adjust nutrient input levels accordingly.
For what it's worth, I routinely do 25% water changes every 2-3 weeks, but
have gone 4-5 weeks when things get busy.
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