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Re: [APD] How do you guys do water changes?????
Are you mixing hot water from your hot water heater? When was the last time
you flushed your hot water heater? Heavy metals will form sludge in the
bottom and you will transfer them into your discus tank. This can cause
swollen bellies and even death in some fish.
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Poe Ratana" <poe835 at hotmail_com>
To: <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>
Sent: Tuesday, March 30, 2004 9:38 PM
Subject: [APD] How do you guys do water changes?????
> I know this probably sounds like a stupid question, but please let me
> I have a 30 gal heavily planted discus tank, pressurized CO2 with GH=6,
> kH=4, pH 6.8, and 82F.
> My tap water has GH=2, kH=3, and pH = 7.5
> My experience is that some of my discuses are very sensitive to changes in
> pH or something, and just by doing 20% water changes, I noticed that their
> belly will swell like they've been fed and show signs of diarrhea and
> eat for a day or two. I assume it's from a pH shock of some sort.
> I use a dechlorinator so it's not the chlorine issue.
> I can't imagine doing 50% water changes without wiping them out. Do you
> guys "preconditioned" your water first before putting it into the tank? My
> apartment doesn't really have space to store 15 gallons of water so I
> can't preconditioned the batch ahead of time.
> Anyone having similar problems? Any advice would be appreciated.
> Thanks so much!
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