aquascapist wrote:Hi guys,
With summers approaching fast, how is everyone planning to keep up with the water changes especially with hot water in pipes and cold water in tanks. I'm worried about the temperature difference between the two.
i change the water in summer time always in the morning, not later than 7:30 am. the fresh water is not too hot then.
usually i change 50% weekly, in summer 30% only.
but depending on your setup, you actually don't have to change your water.
there are many hobbyists who NEVER
change their water...in matured,planted, not over crowded low-tech setups.
There was a time when i was fascinated by this concept of no-water-change tanks. Yes, they were usually tanks with a very low bio-load (read few or almost no fish). But thinking it through, and looking at nature (caves where water collects over centuries, and colourless fish live in total darkness are an example), i have concluded that there is actually no real no-water-change habitat in nature.
This is because ..... even water loss by evaporation changes the nature of the water than remains, and even a few drops of rain (or water dripping down a stalactite hanging from a cafe roof) can change the nature of an otherwise stangnant water body inhabited by fish.
So even if u just top off the water, and make no LARGE water changes, the tank is still a water-change tank, and if u are kinder and more worried for your pet's health, do more than just top-offs. Some beginners do the opposite thing, doing so many water changes they cancel out the nitrogen cycle almost. But some are so lazy, their awful secret is, irrespective of tank size, their water changes are effectively nil. Now, my strategy for summers is, not only will my tanks get their usual 30 per cent water change weekly, they will get water changes whenever i have some time in the morning (once a week usually in the summers). More geneous water changes and more cooler fans for the summer ahead for me.