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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>>>
>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.
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.
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On Aug 14, 2006, at 9:25 AM, Santiago Gonzalez wrote:
> 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
> Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
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