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 Post subject: Water changes not very often
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I don't do water changes very often in my tanks but I always check my ph and nitrite levels the nitrites are zero and my ph is 8.2 but my fronts seem pretty happy but are very slow growing I have had 6 for about a year now and they are only 4 inches max mybother ones I got from emsquared are growing faster but are only 3 inches butni have only had them for 6 months or so if I do my water changes when i put them in my 90 in a few weeks will they grow faster or should change their diet please help

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i don't think they would grow any faster in a smaller tank. my fish actually grow much faster in larger tanks. if i were u i would just step up your water changes and see what happens. imo the better your water quality the better the growth rate. the more water volume the longer it takes for the water to get polluted. try doing a 25% or larger change a week for a few months and see if that helps. i usually do about 40% weekly in my 125 and growth rates have been great.

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Water changes are key to fast growth. The more fresh water, the better. Glad to hear my old pims are growing well! I would love to see some pics!

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Clean water is the most important thing you can do to keep your fish healthy and growing as fast as possible.

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Most important thing....water change.....water change....water change :party




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Ok water change every week and about how much I only have a 50 right now but will have my 90 set up soon so 25% to 30% should be good or more

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25-30% should be great.

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Agreed. Every now and then I like to do a large water change of around 50%.

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Ok sounds good where I'm getting ready to move is in creston if anyone knows where that is its in Cali but itsmon a well cause it's the country so hopefully the water is really good as far as I know it is cause my buddy has a 65 with discus I gave him a few wen I got outnof that scene love the fish way to hard to care for but his discus breed all the time I'm crossin my fingers there is good waternout therenso I don't have to run into town for water from my lfs they have an ro system

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