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Way to make filtration better?
Old 08-17-2013, 07:44 PM   #11
 
Amazon.com: Acurel LLC Filter Drawstring Lifeguard Media Bag, 3-Inch by 8-Inch: Pet Supplies Amazon.com: Acurel LLC Filter Drawstring Lifeguard Media Bag, 3-Inch by 8-Inch: Pet Supplies
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Old 08-17-2013, 07:47 PM   #12
 
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Instead of buckets you could rig up a large siphon hose to drain and fill. I made one.

It's a 15 foot siphon that I attach to the inside of the tank with a suction cup, and drain water into my bathtub or out the window. Then you can either fill the tank with a hose (mine is right next to my window so that was easy) or rig up an attachment to your faucet, so the siphon screws onto the faucet to fill the tank.

Would make water changes much quicker and less of a hassle :)

Or you could buy one of these. Amazon.com: 25 Foot - Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Maintenance System: Pet Supplies
I thought about buying one before :) but that's like $40! So... Urg... And also I condition water before putting it into the tank. That's my dilemma.


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Old 08-17-2013, 08:10 PM   #13
 
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Condition for the entire tank volume & hose it in. If you rinse those cartridges in dechlorinated water you can reuse them, I'd slice the side, pull out the carbon & add some floss. I've tried putting cut down sponges & such into the bio wheel filters, the pump can't handle it.

You've got a lot of fish for a 29, goldfish are messy. Though the filter is rated for 45 gallons I'd be going double the tank size with that stocking. Consider adding a second filter, AquaClears are more suitable for mechanical filtration.
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:35 PM   #14
 
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Well you say that you replace it every 3 days but can't you just rinse it in tank water and put it back in?

Also, I can't say how great it is... Python seems to have better review. But there's an aqueon water changer on amazon for ~$23. You can also make your own for probably cheaper with just a bit of work (think of it as an investment though in less future work!). Or at least siphon out the dirty water into a toilet (that's what I do) or something like that -- saves you from carrying the dirty water, at least.
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:45 PM   #15
 
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Well you say that you replace it every 3 days but can't you just rinse it in tank water and put it back in?

Also, I can't say how great it is... Python seems to have better review. But there's an aqueon water changer on amazon for ~$23. You can also make your own for probably cheaper with just a bit of work (think of it as an investment though in less future work!). Or at least siphon out the dirty water into a toilet (that's what I do) or something like that -- saves you from carrying the dirty water, at least.
Hmm.. Ok I'll look at it.. It's the clean water that bothers me more :p lol.

How many people use a python here?




And I don't change it every 3 days, it gets dirty that fast though. I just leave it in... I know, that horrible. Mm... I can try rinsing it. What's wrong with tap water?
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:50 PM   #16
 
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I think you can get a drinking water hose (or garden hose if you aren't paranoid about chemicals... Most people seem okay), for about $10. And a sink adaptor for maybe $4 at a hardware store.

Oh of you're asking how to stop it from gettin dirty so fast then idk. But tap water has chloramines and chlorine that apparently kills the good bacteria if you use tap water. I'm not sure whether or not you can use clean conditioned water though...

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Old 08-17-2013, 08:53 PM   #17
 
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I think you can get a drinking water hose (or garden hose if you aren't paranoid about chemicals... Most people seem okay), for about $10. And a sink adaptor for maybe $4 at a hardware store.
That sound more convenient for the wallet! Especially the sink adapter part. Not sure about the hose though. :)


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Old 08-17-2013, 09:06 PM   #18
 
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You can rinse the filter media in clean conditioned tap water, been doing it for years. Been filling with a hose for years as well, to the point that I ran hot & cold water to my fishroom.

Disinfectants in treated tap can do a number on the nitrifying bacteria in the filter media. If you're newer to this it's not something you want to play with.
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Old 08-17-2013, 09:31 PM   #19
 
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You can rinse the filter media in clean conditioned tap water, been doing it for years. Been filling with a hose for years as well, to the point that I ran hot & cold water to my fishroom.

Disinfectants in treated tap can do a number on the nitrifying bacteria in the filter media. If you're newer to this it's not something you want to play with.
Ya, but. The gravel should have enough, right?


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Old 08-17-2013, 10:04 PM   #20
 
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Honestly, I've priced it out to build your own and you don't really save anything (compared to the cheaper water changers). Pythons are more expensive than the aqueons. Even at $40 for the python, you will be thrilled to have spent that money after the first time you use it.
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