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Hey everyone my tank has finally cycled so about a week ago i got another oscar and hes doing great feeding well active, i have a question about the process of doing water changes in other post ive been told to keep my filters running 24/7 does that mean i should keep it on while i do the water change? same with heater on or off while changing
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Water changes

Heater off while the water level is low. It will shatter when it touches water after left on. Filters are your choice. Do not let them run dry, not leave media dry. If you leave running, try to have incoming water as far from intakes as possible. If your water changes are enough to expose filter intakes, then you have to shut them off. No harm either way, the 15-30mins it takes to drain and fill the average tank will not compromise your bacteria colony at all. What size tank and what filters do you have?


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OFL replied the topic: Water changes

Yeah, Dave is right, unless you are using the very expensive titanium type metal heaters then they will not last very long whilst out of the water and still switched on. So switch the heater off just before starting to remove the water.

When it comes to your filter, it depends on what sort of filters you are using. Canister filters normally have tubes that stick on the side of the tank and draw the water out from fairly close to the substrate. Obviously if the level of the water drops below these tubes then you will have to switch them off. If you're using a sump filter than the pumps will have to be switched off because as soon as the level of the water drops the siphon will stop. The same goes with a hang on the back filters, as soon as the water drops below where the water is removed by the filter, it will just be sucking on air so switch it off.

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Skywalkstr95 replied the topic: Water changes

thank you the filter submerges in the water its a canister filter no tubes, its a marineland magnisium polishin filter and a 55 gallon tank, even though my waters healthy now my oscars showing some not so good sign are oscars the hardest fish to keep? ive had no problems with any other fish but oscars
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muddybear replied the topic: Water changes

I'll let others comment on the ability of your filter but I'd wager that it is not up to the job when it comes to providing adequate biological filtration for a large messy cichlid such as an Oscar.

IMO you really need to think about providing your fish with a large external canister filter, your current filter cannot possibly hold enough biological filter media.

With reference to Oscars being hard to keep-I'd have to disagree. I've only been keeping fish for a little over a year now, starting with a 30g community and getting my first Oscar back in September. I did months of research before adding water to ensure that I had everything necessary and was completely clear on what exactly would be involved with looking after a large cichlid.
It seems to me that problems only arise when people are either:
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-unwilling to heed advice
-any combination of the above
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face mcshooty replied the topic: Water changes

i definitely would add more filtration that filter is mostly used for polishing water.

the only thing that makes oscars harder then most fish is there size and to some degree how moody thay can be.

at the end of the day thay only care about food tank size and water quality.

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Skywalkstr95 replied the topic: Water changes

I do admit I made an impulse buy on the filter looking into getting another one now
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