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Water changing methods
What is the best way?
Just confused on how and when I should declorinate the water and also had the aquarium salt needed.
I just take out the water with a suction vac. And add everything all together
I was told I can add declorinate straight into the tank, thats why I ask. Also when I do water changes, do I also have the add more aquarium salt?
This is only my two cents but here is my opinion. When changing water I would add anything the water needs seperatly as to not introduce anything harmful to the fish or plants. This I would think also gives you some more control as to what is going into the tank as opposed to just dumping and hoping it goes well. Being a newbie myself I would take and extra time to make sure the water is fish friendly by adding any dechlorinators and salt to the water you are going to introduce to the tank just to be safe.
What do people do to add their conditioner and aquarium salt for larger tanks, like a 125gal and up?
First why are you using salt? Have fish that need it? Most tropical fish do better with out salt in the water. Heres how I change the water in all my tanks;
add fast acting conditioner (I use prime)
get water from faucet the right temp
turn on the python and let it fill
plug everything back in
No sense going crazy about the water change I know a few other members on this site that use the same method and we have never had issues doing this.
With small tanks, say 20g and under, it is easiest to use a pail when water changing and obviously you can condition the water in the pail before adding it to the tank. The reason i say this is because using the Python mentioned below does mean water is entering the tank fairly rapidly, and it is easy to overfill small tanks, and water everywhere is a mess.
Larger tanks and especially a 125g is easiest with a "python" hose that connects to the faucet. When refilling the tank, get the water the approximate temperature and then switch the valve to fill the tank. Squirt the conditioner in the tank when you start, or just before. Dechlorinators work instantly.
On the salt, don't use it, unless you have a brackish water tank.
So I am able to add the conditioner to the tank with the fish in it?
Also, do I need to add the amount of conditioner equivalent to the water i took out and added back in?
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I would say find a method that suits your fish. Thats how I go about this sort of thing, if it suits my fish it suits me
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