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post #1 of 6 Old 02-27-2010, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Greetings, any suggestions for submersible pump, water changing idea..

Hello, I have recently gotten back into keeping an aquarium, although it has now expanded: I have a 20 gallon and my latest aquisition: a 56 gallon column. The 56 gallon is just coming off a treatment for a fungus on one of the mollies: it seems to be doing well. (It is also new and I'm having some mild problems with low level ammonia). But enough of that, I am not here to discuss the problem(s) I'm having: the fish do appear to be doing well..

Does anyone have any suggestions for a small submersible pump safe for the fish that I could use to pump the clean water into the aquarium?

Also, does anyone do this: I have 3 - 5 gallon buckets I keep in the basement full of water. One has a small heater in it to keep the water the same temp the tanks are at. I use this for the exchanges. Depending on whether I am doing the 20 gallon or the 56 gallon, I use some or all of the water. For the 56 gallon I use all the water from the heated bucket. I move the heater to the next bucket, and fill the original bucket with cold tap water, put a lid on loosely, and let it sit to allow the choline to evaporate out.
Can anyone tell me how long this takes with a 5 gallon bucket btw?

Thanks, and hello to y'all

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post #2 of 6 Old 02-27-2010, 04:10 PM
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Hi there, welcome to the forum! Do you use a water conditioner (Prime, for example) prior to adding your water to your tank?

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post #3 of 6 Old 02-27-2010, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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No, I don't use any conditioners. I just let it sit for the chlorine.I perhaps should use some: the nitrates are high straight from the get go: it is in the tapwater.From what I can tell, it is just within the limits. It doesn't go any higher though.Before the fungus problem, the tank was showing slight ammonia, but I don't know where it is now and I am not sure I will know for a while. I am not sure what the test kit would show with the medication still in the works.Thanks.

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post #4 of 6 Old 02-27-2010, 06:40 PM
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hello and welcome!!

I would recommend picking up some water conditioner, prime is great.

As far a pump....I'm a little you not have a filter on your tank which keeps the water constantly filtered??

if you buy some water conditioner, you can add water straight from the need to let the water sit and rotate buckets....if you can control the temp out of the faucet, you can just add it right away....

you say you use the entire 5 gallon bucket for a water change on your 56 gallon....thats only an 8% water change...most people on here will recommend anywhere from 20-30% weekly(using prime every water change)

if using a 5 gallon bucket can get to be repetitive, you could always invest in a python...
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post #5 of 6 Old 02-28-2010, 03:35 AM
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I strongly recommend using water conditioner for your water changes. Letting the water sit can eliminate chlorine but won't eliminate chloramine or heavy metals that may be present in your tap water. That, plus many water conditioners can detoxify ammonia and nitrite that be in your tap water, which renders the water safe until the bacteria in your filter can process it into nitrate.

Using a water conditioner also means that you don't need heaters in your buckets; you can just adjust the temperature of the tap to match your tank's temperature and add the conditioned water.

Just using the gravel vac to empty the water, putting new water in buckets and conditioning it then pouring it in the tank sounds like a lot less work than what you're doing now and something like a Python would make the work even easier.

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post #6 of 6 Old 02-28-2010, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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To Johnny: by pump, I mean something akin to a pump for an indoor fountain, although I would probably have to get a strong enough one to raise the water 5 feet or so. I also do more frequent water changes on the 56 gallon. I could use a python, you have to add the conditioner to the tank right away, right?? I will consider the conditioner.. sounds like a plan..Thanks all..

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