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Old 01-23-2009, 12:11 PM   #11
Originally Posted by Burninator View Post
because the way i do my water changes, i dont have any old water to swish it in. My pump pumps the water outisde and it mixes with regular tap water.
mine does the same thing so what i do is dip out a couple of gallons with a pitcher and pour that into a five gallon bucket to clean my filter in. then i clean my tank with the pump.

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Old 01-23-2009, 12:52 PM   #12
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You can use either old tank water or new conditioned water to clean your filter cartridge as long as the new water has been treated with a water conditioner. The point being, you don't want to rinse your filter cartridge under the tap because the bacteria will be harmed by the chlorine.
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:53 PM   #13
i know that. I was just wondering if there was really any reason why it had to be old water as opposed to new water.

I can easily make new water "fish safe". having to mess with old water is just a pain
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Old 01-26-2009, 08:07 AM   #14
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You can use new water if you want to. I don't because I don't want to waste the decholorinator on a bucket of water I'll be knocking gunk and garbage off in. Better to use the old water that's about to go flying out the door.
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