Aug 30, 2002, 1:25 PM
Post #26 of 39
You have to do it daily if you want the have crystal clear water and happy kois. But try to make your daily work simple by getting ready the media every night in a tray. Make it a habit to do it 1st thing in the morning - 2 minutes job, atmost 5 min. When u have to be away for more than a few days, teach the others at home to help. You may be able to relax to two or three days change once, if you feed them once a day or less. For that u have to experiment to see the which is the best interval.
Having said that, your other compartments must be filled good stuffs to function as biofitration. I have larva stone, bioball, ceramic ring, coral shell etc.. except zeolite which will absorb salt in the water.
The point of doing it daily is - are you tired of it or u don't mind for 5 min. a day. Like someone said keeping kois is better than taking HGH or Gensing - so treat the 5 min time spent daily as taking gensing to keep yourself healthy. Unless u can find a better method this is still a good method as far as I am concerned.
The important thing is, when u put the media in the 1st comp,try put it in a tray( no hole on the side only at the bottom) so that unfiltered water can not be leaked out from the side. In other words, try to ensure every drop of water into the tank is filtered in the first comp b4 it goes into other compartments. In this way, the other compartment will be clean for long time to come - there is practically no maintainance from the second comp onwards as there is free from debris. You safe time from there and spread it into daily 5 mins ( which include washing the soiled sponge.)
I will like to try getting the brushes if available to compare with this method - until then this is still a solution.
Cheersand a nice week end !
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