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How do you do large water changes?
Old 02-08-2014, 07:37 PM   #1
 
How do you do large water changes?

I'm about to start cycling my new 46-gallon bowfront. I think it'll be about a month before I feel comfortable enough to add livestock. I'm trouble-shooting at this point!

I can siphon out old water with an aquarium vacuum just fine. I have a large bin with handles that I can just barely carry outside to dump it.

But when I have fish in there, how am I going to put water back in? I thought about using the hose, but 1) it's awfully cold out, and 2) I'd have to condition the water after it's put in.

I could put it in using buckets, but isn't there a better way? That's an awful lot of water to be dumping in bucket by bucket. The tank is quite high up, I have to either get into my bunkbed or use a chair to access the top. (the tank is on top of a dresser, at the end of my bunkbed)

Suggestions? Something obvious I'm completely missing?

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Old 02-08-2014, 07:46 PM   #2
 
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Hardware stores sell adapters for faucets, hook the hose to that. Temperature match, by feel is fine, dose the tank with dechlor & fill.
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Old 02-08-2014, 07:46 PM   #3
 
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They make siphons that attach to your faucet so you can siphon out tank water and siphon in new, clean water.
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:55 PM   #4
 
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They make siphons you can use (
Amazon.com: 25 Foot - Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Maintenance System: Pet Supplies Amazon.com: 25 Foot - Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Maintenance System: Pet Supplies
) or if you're handy (or know someone who is) you can make something similar yourself.

Like Tolak said, hardware stores sell faucet adapters you can use. Attach on piece to your faucet and the other to the end of your siphon. Hook it up and you can temp match and fill your tank.

To drain my tank I use the same hose and hook it into the tank with a suction cup and drain old water into the shower drain/out a window. Then add dechlor in the amount of water you'll be adding back into the tank (say you drained 20 gals, add 20gals worth of dechlor).

Then hook your siphon up the faucet and fill. Much, much quicker than buckets! :D Hope that was helpful. If you have anymore questions feel free to ask!
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Old 02-08-2014, 09:28 PM   #5
 
So I put water conditioner in the tank before I siphon the clean water in? Is that OK for the fish? For my 10-gallon I add it back gallon by gallon and dechlorinate each one before I put it in the tank. I figured it would take a few minutes for it to work?

It's quite a ways to the kitchen sink (25 feet?). I'm assuming they make hoses long enough for that?

Thanks so much! I feel less intimidated by this large tank now.
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Old 02-09-2014, 02:43 AM   #6
 
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Yup! Put the dechlor in before you fill. I've never let it sit, I just dump it in and fill. What brand are you using? I don't know if some brands need time to sit...I've never heard of that. I use APIs Stress Coat like this just fine :) Perfectly safe for the fish.

They should! Worst case scenario it's always possible to connect two hoses together!

Until I made my siphon I was using buckets on my 38. That was a nightmare xD I'm too lazy and weak for that hahaha.
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Old 02-09-2014, 06:06 AM   #7
 
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Sometimes I like the exercise of filling it by buckets lol. But yea you can also get the Aqueon water changer for half the price of the python. I got it and it has worked well the past month so far. It smelled terrible at first though (plastic)... But yea I put dechlorinator in for the whole tank volume (not just what I remove, as per the prime instructions), and then fill it up with water I match temperatures with a thermometer.
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:18 AM   #8
 
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haha i must be a dinosaur
i fill a large bin with water,attach a heater and a power head,then add
the dechlorinate,and leave to get to main tank temp,then add the clean water
back in by jug .
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Old 02-09-2014, 03:06 PM   #9
 
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Yup! Put the dechlor in before you fill. I've never let it sit, I just dump it in and fill. What brand are you using? I don't know if some brands need time to sit...I've never heard of that. I use APIs Stress Coat like this just fine :) Perfectly safe for the fish.

They should! Worst case scenario it's always possible to connect two hoses together!

Until I made my siphon I was using buckets on my 38. That was a nightmare xD I'm too lazy and weak for that hahaha.
I use Prime. :)

Thanks again, guys.
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Old 02-09-2014, 07:21 PM   #10
 
I connect my siphon to the garden hose, run the hose out the door onto the lawn to empty.
To fill i hook the hose to the tap and fill, adding prime to the tank before the new water hits it
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