Reasons I Didn’t Change The Water.. (share Yours)

Mom2some
  • #1
Just needing to vent I guess (it has been a long couple of days)... and hear other people’s valid reasons. Glad my tank is mature enough & stocked appropriately that my fish will be okay.

I didn’t do my weekly water change because...
3/4 of the people in our house have a nasty stomach bug. So all energy is going into managing that.
 
appcontrol
  • #2
Cycled tank should be ok without one water change. I never missed wc if I have something that will make me not abble to do wc by schedule I will do wc one or two days earlier so I do it every 4,5,6 max 8 days. And if I come to problem like one you have now I would probably dose some ffm and add air stone for few days until I am better.
 
Galathiel
  • #3
I missed the wc on my 5.5 and 10 gallon last week because I was doing yard work and collapsed when I came in the house *grin*. I did go ahead and do the goldfish aquarium, though. It doesn't have live plants (the others have a lot of live plants) and goldfish are so terribly messy.
 
RedLoredAmazon
  • #4
I have severe morning sickness and have been in the hospital for dehydration. Sadly, I'm more than a few days off....I'm behind 2 weeks on water changes!
 
Cljensen
  • #5
I was at my daughter's dance competition for 3 straight days and was so tired and sore that I simply forgot. Unfortunately it was my angelfish fry tank (5 days free swimming) and I lost them all. I was so mad at myself for that.
 
Junne
  • #6
Life. Kids.

Luckily, like yours, mine is an established tank and I do changes every 2 weeks ( 95 % of the time ) but on the occasion that I don't, I know it can go at least 3 + weeks without as much as a difference.
Besides, I usually do 50% each time and rinse prefilter sponges EVERY time ( media gets rinsed once a month or so )
 
Mom2some
  • Thread Starter
  • #7
I have severe morning sickness and have been in the hospital for dehydration. Sadly, I'm more than a few days off....I'm behind 2 weeks on water changes!

Ugh - feel better soon! That stinks!
 
CanadianFishFan
  • #8
Ive been VERY bad many months ago. Now I do weekly water changes on my 6 tanks. I once went 3-4weeks with no water change on my 10 gallon tank. first I was busy, then sick, then forget and didnt feel like it... IVE learned now. I also I'm busy on weekdays from school, then working, makeing supper, then your so tired you want to sleep. I once did 7 tanks in one day and felt so tired and my back hurt so much

Oh and my mom does once a month water changes on her 2 gallon betta tank. I said that's just BS and have been doing every 2weeks.
 
Fanatic
  • #9
Yesterday, I forgot to change the water on my three dresser tanks, which are my ten, and two fives.
I was out most of the day, from the early morning to the late afternoon, and simply forgot to do the water changes.

I did change the water on my 31 gallon right after breakfast before I left.
Today will be the day when I take care of the tanks.
 
bizaliz3
  • #10
I missed the weekly water changes on a few of my tanks last weekend. No reason other than simply I ran out of time and/or energy. Its hard to stay on top of 16 tanks. Especially when several of them need water changes every couple days (grow out tanks) I never let any tank go more than two weeks though. But I always feel so guilty when it does go 2 weeks!!

I actually do a lot of water changes on my lunch breaks from work. I go home for lunch every day and usually do a tank or two (fry tanks mostly)
 
bgclarke
  • #11
I stagger the water changes on my 8 tanks throughout the week so I don't have to do them all at once.

There have been a couple of times where I was too tired or simply forgot to do them.

My tanks are stable enough to handle it.
 
Mom2some
  • Thread Starter
  • #12
Well good news here - I got my water change done & glued 2 Anubias plus a java fern to my fake log. My slow foray back into live plants after over a 6 month break. I hope those who haven’t been able to do their water change will be able to soon. No judgement from this corner ... life happens!
 
shutterbug13
  • #13
I have extremely busy weekdays so I the only time I have to change water is on the weekends; I only have a 29 and 10 gallon but since I have to use buckets and jugs (I don't have a python yet), it takes about 2 hours. Every now and then whenever I have a crazy weekend I have to skip my weekly water changes.
 
oOturquoiseOo
  • #14
You're all going to be shocked. I only do water changes once a month.

I have a pretty understocked 60 gallon tank that is very heavily planted. It's been running for more than a year now. It seems to handle once a month no problem. I change 30-50% then.
 
Mom2some
  • Thread Starter
  • #15
You're all going to be shocked. I only do water changes once a month.

I have a pretty understocked 60 gallon tank that is very heavily planted. It's been running for more than a year now. It seems to handle once a month no problem. I change 30-50% then.

As long as you are making this decision from a place of knowledge then I see no problem with it.

I have to admit I sort of started this topic because sometimes posters forget that not everyone can do a water change without fail. Life happens - and I am learning not to judge people for that.
 
oOturquoiseOo
  • #16
Honestly I can't even see how I would be able to do weekly water changes. I have 2 young kids (5 and almost 3) and my own business. My husband is in a band and on town council so he's gone a few evenings a week for practice or meetings. Life is busy. And my kiddos aren't even in sports (yet!) I can't even imagine families with extracurriculars on top of all the regular stuff. Or students who work as well. Everyone is so busy all the time.
 
stella1979
  • #17
Life does indeed happen. Most recently, I missed water changes for a goldie tank, a betta tank, and a reef tank after an unexpected trip out of state for a funeral. I'm also often a day or two behind on the freshwater tanks because I too have young kids and busy days. It happens, but after some time and experience, we know what our tanks can handle. Regular testing never hurts either, so I always know where my nitrates ride. It seems like a good time to mention that Salifert's nitrate test is easier to use, more accurate, and takes less time in both the preparation as well as the wait, which is 3 minutes instead of 5.
 

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