How Bad?????

Lucy

Moderator
Moderator
Member
Messages
45,396
Reaction score
2,646
Location
USA
Experience
5 to 10 years
Pretty overstocked.
However, if this tank has been running for 5 years with these exact same fish and water change routine, I wouldn't change anything.

Edit: Ooops, read that as a 5 hex, sorry!
I agree, not too badly overstocked.
 
  • Thread starter
  • Thread Starter
  • #5
OP
G

GBR.Moorrreeee

Active Member
Member
Messages
165
Reaction score
1
Experience
5 to 10 years
Yep. Its now in my little bro's room. Everythings fine in the water and everything but the last time we did a water change is last summer. And I still haven't had a problem.
 

Lucy

Moderator
Moderator
Member
Messages
45,396
Reaction score
2,646
Location
USA
Experience
5 to 10 years
Oh dear! Last summer?
Problem with that kind of tank maintenance is you'll have a case of Old Tank Syndrome.
If you tried to right things (I imagine the nitrates must be sky high) the fish would be shocked by clean water.
 
  • Thread starter
  • Thread Starter
  • #7
OP
G

GBR.Moorrreeee

Active Member
Member
Messages
165
Reaction score
1
Experience
5 to 10 years
The nitrates are fine as are the nitrites and ammonia.
 

Meenu

Fishlore VIP
Member
Messages
7,270
Reaction score
81
Location
South Central Texas
Experience
1 year
Really?? amazing... just out of curiosity, do you know the parameters? What kit do you use, or do you use strips?
 
  • Thread starter
  • Thread Starter
  • #9
OP
G

GBR.Moorrreeee

Active Member
Member
Messages
165
Reaction score
1
Experience
5 to 10 years
I just take it to the LFS and they test it even though I know the ph is around 7.3
It mightv'e helped that teh first batch died out and I left it running with plants and everything for about 3 years.
 

Shawnie

Fishlore Legend
Member
Messages
22,715
Reaction score
194
Location
Rochester NH
Experience
More than 10 years
most pet stores use strips which cannot be relied upon
although I agree the stock isn't bad, water changes also replenish much needed vitamins and essentials for the tank....can you imagine living in your bathroom without ever flushing the toilet? LOL that's what no water changes remind me of ....but I agree...doing too much of a change with them, could give them a major shock....id go with maybe 10-20% changes every other week at least...just because they survive, doesn't mean they are striving....would love to see pics sometime! I love the hex tanks
 
  • Thread starter
  • Thread Starter
  • #11
OP
G

GBR.Moorrreeee

Active Member
Member
Messages
165
Reaction score
1
Experience
5 to 10 years
The place I take them to uses a full test kit, and are really accurate (they must be to have 5 show tanks one with discus). And I wouldn't really say its a LFS. Its called the Dallas North Aquaruim. With the tank, would it help that it is heavily planted????? The neon tetras in there are doing a ton better in it then in my bowfront (46 gallon; they are surviviours from my bad choice of madagascars with them. They were alone for a while.) Heres a pick.
 

Meenu

Fishlore VIP
Member
Messages
7,270
Reaction score
81
Location
South Central Texas
Experience
1 year
The heavy planting does help. But water changes and gravel vacs do more than get rid of nitrates. They get rid of debris, put oxygen into the water, replenish necessary minerals, and make it so that dangerous gas pockets don't build up in the substrate.

But really, I agree with the others. The fish are probably so used to those conditions that sudden large water changes (I do 50-60% weekly) would kill them.
 

Furallicah

Well Known
Member
Messages
1,916
Reaction score
18
Location
East Tennessee
Experience
5 years
You would have to reacclimate them extreamly slowly....like for 2 hours slowly adding in fresh treated water into a container that has the old water and fish in it.....
 
  • Thread starter
  • Thread Starter
  • #17
OP
G

GBR.Moorrreeee

Active Member
Member
Messages
165
Reaction score
1
Experience
5 to 10 years
Yup. I still don't get how it works and I'm not going to mess with it. ??????
 

Furallicah

Well Known
Member
Messages
1,916
Reaction score
18
Location
East Tennessee
Experience
5 years
What kind of filter does it have on it? *Edit, Never mind..lol* Is there anything you do to the tank?
 
  • Thread starter
  • Thread Starter
  • #19
OP
G

GBR.Moorrreeee

Active Member
Member
Messages
165
Reaction score
1
Experience
5 to 10 years
Besides leaving it running for 3 years wiht just plants, nope.
 

New Threads

Similar Threads

Follow FishLore!

FishLore on Social Media

Online statistics

Members online
90
Guests online
1,853
Total visitors
1,943

Aquarium Photo Contests

Aquarium Calculator

Top Bottom