02-12-2014, 04:25 PM
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I also do things the old fashioned way.. I mostly use 5 gallon buckets to fill the tanks back up (or gallon pitcher on the smaller tanks). I dechlorinate the water before it ever touches the tank. I also refuse to use hot water while filling the jugs for the tanks, just straight cold water and a heater to bring it within range. I have heard rumors that older houses used copper pipe and running hot water can cause the metal to leach things into the water.. Sooo, better safe than sorry, i just avoid hot water all together when it comes to the tank. Maybe I'm too paranoid, but It's been working all this time so why change now?
Also, i know lots of people that use pythons to refill their tank. They always dose prime for the whole water volume of the tank then add straight into the tank out of a sink. Again, I'm a bit of a baby when it comes to that as well.. I have way too much money invested in fish that i am attached to to give it a try. I know it works cause i know too many people that do it with good results, but i just cant bring myself to do it on my personal tanks. So i just stick with what i've known all these years.