08-08-2011, 10:11 AM
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I have a 60g and a 10g in the living room.
For removal, I just insert the gravel siphon hose into a standard 5/8" garden hose that I run outside to a flower bed. For the refill, I use 2 gal 'mop' buckets (one fills while I'm dumping the other). I use Prime as a conditioner (5 drops/2g). I wouldn't like the idea of adding [extra] conditioner to the tank and then adding chlorinated water as I think (even though others report 'success' doing it) that this represents a risk to the stability of the tank. In my case, I have well water w/no chlorine, but I still use a conditioner and prefer the amounts to be precise and added/mixed prior to adding to the tank. Admittedly, my wwc is only about 30g. If I had larger or more tanks, I guess I'd use 5g pails.
Note: With tank temps of 76-78F, I'm also very careful to ensure that the water I add is 75-80F.
The objective is to replace 'soiled' water with clean, fresh water - the condition and temperature should be such that there is no upset to the environment as could be the case with untreated or thermally unstable water - just my $.02.