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I have a 22 US gallon tank with one Oranda in it newly setup. How many water changes should i do, i been recommended 20% once every 2 weeks by lps.

How many times a day should I feed it and how many pallets should I feed it. So far I only feed it 2 pallets once a day to keep ammonia down.

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20% every two weeks is actually poor tank maintenance. You should be doing a minimum of 50% weekly in a completely cycled tank. You should get to grips with your weekly water parameters, since they will guide you to how much water you need to remove, and how long you can wait in between water changes (some people can only go 5 days).

Nitrates should not exceed 40ppm before a water change

If you're cycling the tank and registering ammonia, you need to be doing as many water changes as necessary to remove that ammonia to keep the fish safe. What water conditioner do you use? And what type of test kit?

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50% a week? thats a lot of water thrown away each week. water bill will be very high.

my lps which is a fish specialist says 25-30% once every 2 weeks at least.

how many pallets a day?

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50% a week? thats a lot of water thrown away each week. water bill will be very high.

my lps which is a fish specialist says 25-30% once every 2 weeks at least.

how many pallets a day?

1st rule of fish keeping? Don't always trust your LPS. Sometimes they like to sugar coat things. At the end of the day, it's a business and they are going to try their hardest to get as much money from te customers as possible.

For example, if a customer walks in the shop and buys a 10 gal tank, and wants to know how many goldfish can they add, is the shop assistant doing to say 'goldfish are too large/messy to go in a tank that size' or 'yes, you can fit 5 in there without problem'?

Then when things start going wrong, the customer goes back to the shop buys lots of treatment/Meds that 'will definately work' and buys some replacement fish.

In my experience, LPS aren't the ideal place for advice! Always take it with a pinch of salt!

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The amount of pellets fed in a day can be a trial and error sort of thing. The maximum amount I can give my fish are two (soaked) pellets a day otherwise they will get too floaty. If your fish doesn't have swim bladder disorder then I think more than two pellets would be ok. It also depends on what else you feed that day like vegetables and frozen food too.

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Yes, and unfortunately is doesn't take much to be labeled a specialist nowdays- you don't even require a qualification.

You waste more water in a 5 minute shower than one water change of 50% in a 22 gallon tank.

Could you please answer the questions I asked in my first reply so we can help further? Also, the food brand and name too, please.

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Here are a couple polls conducted on the forum that you might find interesting. It shows how often members here change their water and how much they change at a time http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/97006-how-often-do-you-change-your-water/

http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/105965-how-often-and-how-much-do-you-change-your-tank-water/

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I use get a local test done free at my lps, usually once a week. Their test kit is API i think

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50% a week? thats a lot of water thrown away each week. water bill will be very high.

my lps which is a fish specialist says 25-30% once every 2 weeks at least.

how many pallets a day?

1st rule of fish keeping? Don't always trust your LPS. Sometimes they like to sugar coat things. At the end of the day, it's a business and they are going to try their hardest to get as much money from te customers as possible.

For example, if a customer walks in the shop and buys a 10 gal tank, and wants to know how many goldfish can they add, is the shop assistant doing to say 'goldfish are too large/messy to go in a tank that size' or 'yes, you can fit 5 in there without problem'?

Then when things start going wrong, the customer goes back to the shop buys lots of treatment/Meds that 'will definately work' and buys some replacement fish.

In my experience, LPS aren't the ideal place for advice! Always take it with a pinch of salt!

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A part of keeping fish is understanding that your water bill is going to probably go up a bit. I have a 110 gallon tank and I change 75% my bill went up slightly but it's worth it as it keeps them healthy so I'm not paying for medications or a QT tanks water changes as well as the main tank.

It is very, very, very important for you to do as many water changes as needed to keep the ammonia down. When I was doing a fish in cycle I was changing 80 to 90% of the water daily. I'll never do an fish in cycle again. Fishless cycling is faster and safer than having your fish in :o

With a 22 gallon tank your water bill shouldn't go up much as Narny said. I wouldnt worry about that but I would sorry about your fish if you do small 20% water changes....

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Cycling a new aquarium without fish is always preferred due to the extra water changes needed to keep the fish alive. If the fish are already there and there's no used gravel or filter media available to cycle a tank, it's unavoidable.

My quarantine tank was cycling for only two days after I removed my seeded filter media and ammonia levels shot up to .50 during that time.

Maybe you can find ways to re-use the used aquarium water to cut down on your overall use while your tank cycles?.

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