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[APD] Replacing Evaporate

> Message: 3
>Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2006 09:45:04 -0700
>From: Vaughn Hopkins <hoppycalif at yahoo_com>
>Subject: Re: [APD] Need of Water Changes
>To: aquatic plants digest <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>>>
>Hi Santiago,
>You have a successful aquarium that does what you want it to, and no  
>problems.  So, I don't see why you should do anything at all  
>differently.  Since you don't dose CO2 or fertilizers there is no  
>good reason to make water changes.  The plants will use up the  
>nitrates and phosphates from the fish droppings, and keep the water  
>pretty clean.  The only problem I see you might have later is from  
>adding water to make up evaporation.  That will slowly increase the  
>hardness or total dissolved solids in the water.  If that is a  
>problem you could do water changes every few months.
>Vaughn H.

Or just add distilled water to replace the evaporated water, that's what I do in my tanks. I have a Water Wise distiller, it sits on the counter top and makes a gallon of distilled water in about 6 hours or so and then shuts off automagically. I put it on before I go to bed at night and in the morning have a gallon of distilled water waiting for me.
Gerry Skau
He Has No Enemies, But Is Intensely Disliked By His Friends---Oscar Wilde

On Aug 14, 2006, at 9:25 AM, Santiago Gonzalez wrote:

> Hello,
> I have a 110 lts tank, heavily planted with excellent plant growth.  
> Only an
> external filter, whisper type. Double tube light, 10 hours per day on.
> No Co2 injection. No algae problems whatsoever. I only measure NO2  
> and pH.
> NO2 is always very low (at the bottom of the scale) and pH is always
> slightly alkaline, despite of the efforts to get it neutral (Tap  
> water here
> is from sea water distillers and is alkaline). Temperature is  
> approx 26
> degC. I only add water that is lost by evaporation.  Fishes seems  
> happy and
> with no diseases, since I don't nee to introduce new fishes or  
> plants too
> often. My question is: do I have to make water changes or not and  
> how often?
> What other measurement do you recommend me?
> I appreciate your feedback
> Santiago
> Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
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