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Thread: 125 gallon pacu tank.

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    are they in pure distilled?? or a mix?

    how often do you water changes? and how much water each time?
    the ratio of distilled to tap could be slowly changed over a few weeks time, until they are in all tap..

    or, if they are in a mix of tap and distilled, you could just keep doing it that way if you want, there is no reason *not* to do that, other than the expense and getting the distilled..
    as long as you keep the ratio constant, they will be fine in a mix..

    im not saying you *should* switch to 100% tap! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
    it just seems much easier to me than using pure distilled, or a mix.
    im just letting you know there is no real reason to *not* use pure tap..unless maybe you have SUPER hard tap water, but most people dont..
    as a general rule, for probably 90% of freshwater aquarium fish species, "if you can drink it, its fine for your fish"

    scot

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    mostly distilled. I now have my 125 gallon tank full of water, and I'm gonna add some of the water from the 30 gallon, maybe one gallon, and i'll add the clear tetra into the 125, it'll think it's in the wild!!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
    I do water changes every 2 weeks in a way, cause every 2 weeks I change the 2 filsters, each one holds 1 gallon of water, and I last did a gravel cleaning in January, I don't do them often, the pacus get very, very stressed every time i do one. I usually take out 20% in the gravel cleanings

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    hmmm..ok.
    I would just recommend doing water changes more frequently..try for 10% a week (and many would say thats not nearly enough&#33[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] but thats realistic..pick a day, I do Sundays, siphon out 15 gallons and add back in 15 new gallons, that alone will keep your tank very stable and be very good for the fish..
    as for the fish being stressed when doing watre changes, they will be much *more* stressed if changes arent done enough! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] they just wont wont show it a physical way..
    regular water changes will keep them UN stressed and very happy!
    and..you dont have to clean the gravel each time you do a water change..I clean gravel once a month, but do water changes once a week..(twice a week for the Discus)
    just stick the hose in the top of the tank, the fish will get used to it and soon realise its nothing out of the ordinary...my Discus used to run and hide whenenver I did a water change, now they get in my way! its like "hey! what are you doing? that hose again?? BORING! wheres our food?" [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    IMO frequent and regular water changes are the SINGLE most important thing to keep fish happy and healthy...and its the thing most people dont even think about..
    but..sounds like you pretty much know what you are doing..so other than saying "more water changes!" I will stop preaching! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
    scot

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    I moved the pacus in their new tank, they seemed dead for an hour, and found out why... the ph in the old tank: 6.5 the ph in the new tank: 7.5-8.0! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] I added some ph leveler or somethin like that, it lowers the ph, and one hour after i did that, the big one is now swimming around!!! the little one is hiding in the plants, getting used to her new environment. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    PS.: thanks so much for all of your help!!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    If you had done weekly water changes on the old tank, the PH of the old and new tanks would have been the same, and the fish would not have been stressed at all! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    without water changes, the PH slowly drops over time..very dangerous..

    http://www.dal.ca/~ceph/TCP/stable.html

    http://badmanstropicalfish.com/articles/article19.html

    http://faq.thekrib.com/begin-changes.html

    (im really trying to make a convert here! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

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