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Summer Time
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large tank water changes
« on: October 23, 2010, 08:41:44 AM »

I tried to search for answers to this, but searching on 'hose' also brings up 'those', and I got way too many results, and couldn't find an answer.

For larger tanks, like 30 gallons or more, how do you do water changes?  Do you use buckets, or a hose that hooks up to the faucet?

The hose sounds more convenient, but I would be concerned about having the right temperature.

And I would think that you'd want the freshest water (which is cold water), rather than something that's been sitting in the water heater.

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Re: large tank water changes
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2010, 09:15:53 AM »

I've got something like this for my 83 gallon! Smiley (See picture, sorry that it's so small Sad)
I'm using a much bigger one of course, and along with normal buckets, so I run all over the house emptying and filling buckets every second week xD
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Although, many people would suggest something called "Python" or some other similar device, it has a pump of some kind, and you can attach it to the sink and empty the tank water right there! Very handy, especially for bigger systems Smiley

Personally, I believe buckets should be enough for a 30 gallon d: Unless you have a few other tanks that also need maintenance, which means that it'd be easier for you, and more practical to use the siphon with pump! Cheesy
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Re: large tank water changes
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2010, 10:44:40 AM »

OK, thanks.  Your house must be really pretty with aquariums all over.  And really busy with all those buckets Smiley

I only know one family with tropical fish; it's not very common around here.  So nice to talk to people who are also interested in this hobby.  Smiley
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Re: large tank water changes
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2010, 04:31:23 PM »

we are thinking to invest in sth like this as we do have MTS too, ( Multi Tank Syndrome, LOL ) but for now with our goldie tank it stands in the open plan kitchen/living area, close to the benchtop, so I fill a container with fresh water ( it is on the benchtop higher than the tank ) and fill the water with a hose after I conditioned it. Grin
It is more difficult at the moment with our big tropical tank as it stands more or less at the other end of the dining area. Here I must carry the water... Roll Eyes
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Re: large tank water changes
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2010, 04:01:30 AM »

My house is tiny, so for now I only have that one huge tank that takes up pretty much all the wall :'D
When we'll move to some larger apartment, I'll try to get myself one more goldfish setup Wink And keep some guppies in my 8 gallon Smiley It hurts me that such a cute tank has to stand empty Sad
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Re: large tank water changes
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2010, 04:50:21 AM »

I use a water changer that hooks right up to the sink, by Aqueon of course! Wink  And since I have MTS too it is very handy and makes water changes a breeze! Smiley  I agree that you don't need a water changer for 1 30 g tank.  Someday if you decide to expand your hobby, you might want to look into one. Grin
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Re: large tank water changes
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2010, 09:17:06 AM »

When it's hooked up to the faucet, how do you get the right temperature?

Isn't it bad to use water that's been in the water heater?
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Re: large tank water changes
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2010, 10:31:10 AM »

well you regulate the water temperature at the faucet and then flip a switch to start filling the tank.
We have a tankless heater so the water heats as it runs through the tank. Smiley
Before that I always used the hot water heater tank water.  We always had fresh water in there since we used so much of it to run the household, like showers, baths, dishwasher, laundry I could go on and on!! Wink
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Re: large tank water changes
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2010, 11:01:16 AM »

We use enough hot water too, so probably not an issue.

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Re: large tank water changes
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2010, 02:08:01 PM »

it all denpends on what u want to do me i m broke so i use a bucket i want to buy a pump so i dont have to make u the saltwater my self o well any one wantto buy it for me i will let u come and see my tanks dogs and cats if u do
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Re: large tank water changes
« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2010, 02:10:01 PM »

besides u are talking goldfish the water from the tap with out heating it will be fine thier gold fish coldwater unless u change over 50% of the water thier is no problem
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Re: large tank water changes
« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2010, 07:20:40 PM »

Thank you, I didn't want to change the temperature too much in a short time.
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