09-03-2012, 11:02 AM
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I do SW water changes (210 and 120gal) usually on Saturday evenings, and all the FW changes (55, 20,20, 10) on Sunday or Monday. If I am still energized on Saturday, I do them all in one fun-filled day. Having absolutely no social life has really improved my general care and maintenence of my tanks.
I use the Python for refilling, more than for removing water. I find that a shorter siphon hose dropped straight down into a bucket has more pulling force than the python, given the water pressure in my home. Sometimes, weather permitting, I am able to throw the end of the Python into the garden and use the water from the FW tanks to water the trees. Of course SW goes down the plumbing not to the lawn.
I like Pythons in that they save our backs. I dislike the collateral waste of water that is necessary when they are used to remove water from tank to sink via adapter.
I use a pump to move new water from mixing buckets to SW aquariums, or let a siphon drop water from the mixing buckets into the sump, and monitor the water level, turning the return pumps on occasionally so as not to overflow.
Izzy: You will get very quick, too quick at this chore and my main advice is to slow down and be methodical. In my own case, other maintenance projects like cleaning glass canopies, replacing filter media or trying to restart a stubborn power head or propeller pump REALLY SHOULD WAIT until you are done changing water. Multi-tasking in this context is asking for wet carpeting and worse. . .
I confess that I once did a large-scale water change on an African tank and FORGOT TO ADD DECHLORINATOR until the tank was nearly completely re-filled and fish were gasping in distress. Due to my negligence in this case, I lost two beautiful wild caught Synodontis multipunctatus and a gorgeous male Copadichromis borleyii I had raised from a juvenile. Fish losses do not usually bring me to tears, but they did that day.
Last edited by sidluckman; 09-03-2012 at 11:07 AM..