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Water changes

Discussion in 'General Aquascaping and Planted Tank Discussions' started by sidel80, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. sidel80

    sidel80 New Member

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    Sorry for the newb question, but can I just use tap water to put directly into my tank when doing water changes? I know a few posts here recommend doing 25-50% water changes a week. However, I just can't imagine filling a 5g bucket 3-5x (I have a 55g), adding a conditioner, then putting into my tank. Seems like such a hassle. I have one of those hoses that connects directly to my faucet and I can easily siphon water into my tank. However, it doesn't allow me to add water conditioner until its already in the tank. Will that work?

    Thanks,
    Simon
     
  2. Shadow

    Shadow Moderator Staff Member

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    Why don't you put conditioner first in the tank follow by water from tap? That what I did for years and so far so good. It worked on water in my country, not sure for other country though. Also it may depend on how sensitive is your fauna.
     
  3. Edis

    Edis Moderator Staff Member

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    +1 for what was said. Put it straight to the tank.
    Many people do not bother with conditioner at all me including.
    Depends on your water though.
     
  4. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    same here. if I am doing EI (50% wekly) i just put 5 buckets straight in and then put the dechlor in the tank.

    I use pond dechlor because its much more concentrated and therefore 10x cheaper.

    Andy
     
  5. plantbrain

    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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    It works in his country too, I live here near SF, CA, USA and have client's in SF.

    The tap water is among the best in the world for a major city.

    I never use a bucket. I suppose they are fine for smaller 10-20 gal tanks, but I make a U shaped PVC hook with some strainers on it and attach to garden hose 50 ft long.

    I add dechlor after I'm done draining.
     
  6. sidel80

    sidel80 New Member

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    Oh I live in SF too! So I guess the water is that good huh? Maybe to be on the safe side, I will add dechlor in the tank before adding in water. Thanks all for the great suggestions!
     
  7. ShadowMac

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    you need to use dechlorinator. Just add the amount needed for the volume you are adding prior to adding it with the hose. I suggest a drinking water safe hose.
     
  8. plantbrain

    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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    So when are you coming to the next SFBAAPS meeting then?:welcome:
    Better to learn in person(10X faster and funner).
     
  9. keithgh

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    I do three 30% water changes a week.

    2 30lt
    1 45lt
    actual water not tank capacity

    I store all my water in 15lt water carrier containers (from hardware store)

    I use a 7lt plastic watering can, the first Water Change I add all the necessary bits and pieces.

    It does not take long and its no chore at all.

    I have been keeping fish for 45 years now and I find this is the easiest way to do it.

    All the water is preheated as well

    Keith
     
  10. sidel80

    sidel80 New Member

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    OMG, sorry, I didn't even see this posting. Where can i get more information? I would love to!
     
  11. Wwh2694

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    I got an aqueon water changer attached to a 750g pond pump hooked to the faucet. I can take the water quickly without wasting too much water. I turn off the pump and reverse the flow and add the dechloro to the amt of the size of the tank. Been doing it for 4 yrs no problem even with 5 discus fish and sensitive rummy nose are fine.
     
  12. plantbrain

    plantbrain Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Welcome the sfbaaps

    I think we have an open house in the Richmond district at a LFS.

    Here's the DIY U hook I use, takes me about 1-1.5 hours to change 50-70% on 440 Gal worth of tanks(5), and while U wait to drain/refill, I clean the glass, feed fish, clean filters, everything pretty much.
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  13. ghostmonk

    ghostmonk Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I do same here in IL too. Drain-dechlor-fill from tap. No issues with the 4 tanks I have

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