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How to do water changes
Old 11-22-2006, 05:00 PM   #1
 
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How to do water changes

Currently I lug 5gal buckets from the sink to the aquarium, climb up on a chair and slowly dump them in the tank. I treat each 5gal bucket before adding it to the tank. I am wondering if I can just run a tube from the sink to the tank, fill it, and add the dechlorinator after its filled? This would save me a lot of time, effort, and back aches. Also, I try to get the temperature of the new water close to that of the tank (about 80 degrees), is this ok? How do you do your water changes?
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Old 11-22-2006, 05:22 PM   #2
 
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I have a 2 gallon bucket. What I do is turn my dirty laundry basket upside down and set the bucket on that then just get my tube and syphon the water from the tank to the bucket. Carry the bucket to the bathtub dump it in. Then do that ti'll ive done it about 3 times ( depending on water parameters and discouloration from the wood ). Then I go to the sink fill it up with water while thats doing that i pour a cap of dechlorinator in. Carry the full 2 gallon bucket from the sink to aquarium and pour it in :D :D

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Old 11-22-2006, 05:31 PM   #3
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Gotta get a Python.. Hooks right to your sink, sucks the dirty water out and fills it back up put declorinator in while filling. Easy .. you can get them at most petsmarts or your lfs.
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Old 11-22-2006, 07:14 PM   #4
 
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I have 2 siphons one for taking the detritus out and one that fits right onto my faucet. cost me about 6 dollars total and works like a dream :D
I have the luxury of being right next to a sink though... (please don't stone me)

otherwise...get a python! :D
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Old 11-22-2006, 07:36 PM   #5
 
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Yes, i hard plumbed my tank so to empty it is simple, just hook up a tube to an outlet below the tank and let it drain into the sink (40 feet away). This tube also has a faucet adapter which I use to fill the 5gal buckets, what I want to do is smply switch the hose from the outlet to the inside of the tank and run water directly from the faucet to the tank. I was just worried that the chlorine would do immediate damange. Is it OK to do this then just add chlorine remover after the tank is full again?
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Old 11-22-2006, 07:44 PM   #6
 
So if you run it from the sink to the tank you can add the dechlorinator during that process? I've always been afraid that the chlorine would negatively affect the fish, this would be great news though. :D
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Old 11-22-2006, 07:51 PM   #7
 
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So if you run it from the sink to the tank you can add the dechlorinator during that process? I've always been afraid that the chlorine would negatively affect the fish, this would be great news though. :D
This is exactly my questions, maybe better stated - if the answer is that its OK then I will be very happy. It gets tiring lifting 5gal buckets full of water (41.7lbs each), 6 times over for big water changes. It would be even sweeter to hard-plumb water directly to the tank and just turn it on to refill the tank!
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Old 11-22-2006, 10:08 PM   #8
 
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i think your just a wimp ;) ;) Maybe just try doing smaller water changes but more frequently
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Old 11-22-2006, 10:10 PM   #9
 
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hehe yea maybe, but no, I'm just lazy. I have been doing big water changes because I the tank got infested with ick and also it is murky looking. I think I might have solved the second half of that, we will see in the AM when the lights come back on!
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Old 11-23-2006, 02:01 AM   #10
 
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So if you run it from the sink to the tank you can add the dechlorinator during that process? I've always been afraid that the chlorine would negatively affect the fish, this would be great news though. :D
Yes, you can add the dechlorinator prior to adding the water, but to be safe, it's best to do this when you do small water changes. Water companies may flush their system and run additional chlorine/chloramine or sometimes have been known to do this during seasonal changes. You should be able to contact them to find out when they plan to do this. Otherwise, if you plan to do large water changes, it's safe to dechlore, heat, and age your water prior to water changes.
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