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Hey guys,

What do u guys think about big water changes? Can oscars handle these or over time does it stress them out each time u do a big water change?

Thanks!

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Rocksor replied the topic: Water changes

Oscars can handle large water changes. You can lower the water until it is just right above the dorsal fin and refill the tank.
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sammie replied the topic: Re:Water changes

Thanks. I will change water just like that.

My only concern was that the ph in the tank always reads different than the ph from the tap. And that's just after a 7 day period, because I do a large water change every 7 days.

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Suprd71 replied the topic: Re:Water changes

Straight from the tap is not the true Ph of the water. Let it sit in a bucket overnight with an aerator, then measure. Thats the true Ph of your tap water. More important is tds and hardness levels. If your fish is healthy to this point, no reason to worry. Up your water changes to every 4-5 days and watch him do even better.


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sammie replied the topic: Re:Water changes

Thanks for the info.

Tds?

My oscar currently is probably about 7.5 to 8 inches. I'm running a API filstar (the 3 tray one) and a Emperor 400 HOB. Right now I'm feeding 3 large Hikari Cichlid staple pellets in the morning and 3 at night. With this routine after a week, if I'm reading it right, my nitrates are below 10 ppm and the color correlates more closely to the 5ppm color.

Would you tweak anything to this routine? Still recommend a 4 to 5 day water change?

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