08-05-2012, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by RackinRocky
I wonder if it would be faster for me to just keep doing what I'm doing--scooping out a gallon at a time. More trips back and forth to the bathroom, but if it takes a while for the siphon to fill a bucket , the water would be getting cool in the meantime.
Not sure I follow this. What exactly is "scooping out a gallon at a time?"
You use the device to drain the tank into pails, and you empty the pail when it is near full [use a 2 or 3 gallon pail, anything larger will be heavy], then siphon out another, etc, until half the tank is drained out. The substrate can be vacuumed during this, unless there are live plants. Fresh water can be siphoned in if you can place the pail just above the tank frame (to create a siphon) or poured in carefully. The conditioner is added to the pail of water before it enters the tank. Any variation in temp during this is insignificant.