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    holds 6 lemon tetras, 4 serpe tetras, 2 clown plecos, 7 corydoras (1 leopard, 3 pandas, and 3 bronze), 1 ram cichlid, and 1 curviceps cichlid. sand for substrate. plants are 2 wonder bulbs, java moss, java fern, and hyglophilia. i know its alot for a 10 gallon but i do 50% water changes daily. the angel fish was in there only temperarly.

    Some main species I work with:
    Pristurus carteri
    Strophurus williamsi
    Goniurosaurus hainanensis
    G. kuroiwae
    G. splendens
    G. luii
    Eublepharis macularius
    Coleonyx brevis
    C. mitratus
    Holodactylus africanus
    Eurydactylodes agricolae
    Phelsuma standingi
    Varanus acanthurus brachyurus
    V. t. tristis
    V. prasinus
    V. beccarii
    many Anolis Sp.
    lots of Inverts.......
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    very nice set up there!
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    Now I;m no fish expert here and I'm just wondering, but wouldn't a 50% water change everyday be kind of hard on the ecosystem kind of thing?

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    did i put daily? i meant weekly. my bad!
    Some main species I work with:
    Pristurus carteri
    Strophurus williamsi
    Goniurosaurus hainanensis
    G. kuroiwae
    G. splendens
    G. luii
    Eublepharis macularius
    Coleonyx brevis
    C. mitratus
    Holodactylus africanus
    Eurydactylodes agricolae
    Phelsuma standingi
    Varanus acanthurus brachyurus
    V. t. tristis
    V. prasinus
    V. beccarii
    many Anolis Sp.
    lots of Inverts.......
    Geckos and Goannas

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    hey red, I dont think you need to do it that often, what size tank and filters? my planted tank is over filtered and I do water changes maybe once a yr. other than refill evaporated water. planted tanks are the best because the plants and fish help each other keep the water good. the plant take the nutients from fish waste and give off oxygen for the fish but if your filter is rated for the size of your tank, you shouldnt have to do more than 25-30% once a month. I run 2 filters on my 54 corner,1 rated over the size of my tank and the other is half that filled with peat to lower the ph and soften the water for my dwarf cichlids. here are a couple of my kids. the krib is one of my babies from the fall, he s got great color already!
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    Nice. Idealy for a nonnaturalistic with the proper amount of fish, (ex. 10 gal with 10 1 inch fish) tank you should do a 10-20% water change weekly on any size gallon. but for a naturalistic you should do a 10% every two weeks with the proper amount of fish. In my 10 gallon im breaking the rules by having 19 fish in it. I only do 10% about once a week now thit it is stable.
    Some main species I work with:
    Pristurus carteri
    Strophurus williamsi
    Goniurosaurus hainanensis
    G. kuroiwae
    G. splendens
    G. luii
    Eublepharis macularius
    Coleonyx brevis
    C. mitratus
    Holodactylus africanus
    Eurydactylodes agricolae
    Phelsuma standingi
    Varanus acanthurus brachyurus
    V. t. tristis
    V. prasinus
    V. beccarii
    many Anolis Sp.
    lots of Inverts.......
    Geckos and Goannas

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    yeah your ok with that many fish. the rule of thumb is 1 inch per gallon. 10 % a week is ok, its not a lot of water. Ive been breeding freshwater fish and running fish stores for over 25 yrs and water changes that often sometimes do more bad than good. we do weekly changes at the store only cause the amount of fish coming and going, but at home once a month is more than enough unless there s a problem. of coarse if your trying to breed discus or angels you may do it more often cause you may want to use a sponge filter wich doesnt really do a lot. the more water you change the more "good" bacteria you remove. if you have live plants they will turn waste into nutrients so to speak. well good luck
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    yeah but I never have any algea problems like I did before when I would do monthy changes with the proper amount of fish in it. I dont use plecos because they are worthless.
    Some main species I work with:
    Pristurus carteri
    Strophurus williamsi
    Goniurosaurus hainanensis
    G. kuroiwae
    G. splendens
    G. luii
    Eublepharis macularius
    Coleonyx brevis
    C. mitratus
    Holodactylus africanus
    Eurydactylodes agricolae
    Phelsuma standingi
    Varanus acanthurus brachyurus
    V. t. tristis
    V. prasinus
    V. beccarii
    many Anolis Sp.
    lots of Inverts.......
    Geckos and Goannas

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    Water changes daily are not a bad thing, and actually for this tank 2x a week might not be a bad idea.

    Very nice though! I think eventually if you want to do an amazon biotope these fish should be moved to a 20 gallon long with some echinodorus, water lettuce, etc.

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    thay are in a 55 now
    Some main species I work with:
    Pristurus carteri
    Strophurus williamsi
    Goniurosaurus hainanensis
    G. kuroiwae
    G. splendens
    G. luii
    Eublepharis macularius
    Coleonyx brevis
    C. mitratus
    Holodactylus africanus
    Eurydactylodes agricolae
    Phelsuma standingi
    Varanus acanthurus brachyurus
    V. t. tristis
    V. prasinus
    V. beccarii
    many Anolis Sp.
    lots of Inverts.......
    Geckos and Goannas

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