Originally Posted by CPFAN001
Thanks for the info - what is this python you speak of?
Evidentally my since of touch and temp is not the best... I am usually off by 5 or 7 degrees. My community fish seem to like 77.7 degrees so I am afraid of putting hose to tank with my poor judge of temp. So the cholorine treatment and getting the temp to match is basically what I am doing before I add water.
That's OK. I was wondering if you were fiddling with pH and such, which in regular water changes should not be necessary since the tank water should be relatively close to the tap, though there are some exceptions, needn't go into all that.
I have a plastic container, something like what cottage cheese comes in, that I use. I take it full of tank water to the faucet, adjust the hot/cold until it feels the same, or a little cooler, then reverse the flow so the tank fills. Most fish will be invigorated by a sudden slight cooling--it is just like a tropical rainstorm which can lower the water temp several degrees quickly. It is a common way to induce spawning. Point is, a few degrees won't hurt, and cooler rather than warmer in most cases. Very sensitive warm water fish like chocolate gourami are better with equal or slightly warmer water changes.
The "Python" is the trade name of a hose contraption that connects to a faucet. I'm attaching a site with a photo demo.
Aquarium Maintenance & Water Quality: How to Use the Python No Spill Clean 'N Fill
I use the laundry room tub as it has an "outside" type faucet that a hose will attach to. I had no luck with the adapters for the kitchen faucet, the plastic threads kept slipping. There is a valve arrangement on the faucet part that allows you to turn on the tap and the water flow creates a suction that causes the tank to drain; reverse it and the tank fills. Python is one brand, but I have found the Aqueon faucet attachment to be superior in construction. I had to replace this part 3 times with Python, but my Aqueon has lasted.