After a 12 year leave of abscense I am back into the fray now keeping a freshwater aquarium. Previous experience was with small 20 gallon tanks.
Current tank has been running about 4 months now.
60 gal Community tank, since for the most part the fish have been doing fine as have the 5 or 6 live plants, I'll avoid posting any equipment details for now. I'm up to about 35 fish with a mix of 6 or so species.
I change anywhere from 15 to 25 gallons of water every 8-12 days. Here is where I feel my wife's blonde hair has rubbed off on me.
Please tell me there has got to be an easier way to put 25 gallons of water that is suppose to be treated and closely matching the chemical read outs of the water that was in the tank, including temp.
Still considering myself a novice I have been afraid to simply run the hose from faucet to tank hoping I somehow get the temp and chemicals right.... so I have been managing the Five 5 gallon bucket program making sure each bucket is as close as possible in temp etc. - Perhaps I am a wimp but pouring 5 5 gallon buckets of water is a PIA.
I thought about buying a 30 gallon tub and just syphoning the water from that to tank but for some reason, I can't get the cyphon to do right from ground to tank? Should I buy a small external pump?
What method do you use to put 20or mroe gallons of water back in your tank?
Take it easy... I'm a newbie here.