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Water drums for water changes

I have two 55g drinking water drums that I will be using for water changes. I would like to keep them filled and de-chlorinated. I would have a heater in them to warm up the day before a water change.

Here's my question: should I add Prime and a power head to keep the water agitating and degassed? What would you recommend?
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I would. I'd also add an air stone to keep oxygen levels high.
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If it's drinking water drums, there's no need. I don't aerate my 7g jug of water and I leave it sealed off since it's RO/DI. Airstone only agitates the water to increase oxygen exchange rate. A powerhead will do the same thing.

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Re: Water drums for water changes

Thanks for the replies. I thought about an air stone for keeping the water oxygenated, and also to help degass chlorine.

I originally bought the drums for salt water aquariums, but didn't go that direction.
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I let mine run with just a strong powerhead, the one that actually pumps the water in the tank. Keeps it from getting stagnant and its less messy than an airstone. I have it pointed up so there is tons of surface movement. And its about a 800 gph turnover in a 60 gallon drum.. works great. Heater takes 4 hours if the water is at room temp. Or 8 hours if i stick it in before bed
I dose half the reccommended dose of chlorine remover 10 hours before i pump water in. The past 4 months its worked great. I change 80% weekly in my tank
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Just make sure floor can hold the weight of both drum's full of water,plus water in aquarium if nearby.
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I let mine run with just a strong powerhead, the one that actually pumps the water in the tank. Keeps it from getting stagnant and its less messy than an airstone. I have it pointed up so there is tons of surface movement. And its about a 800 gph turnover in a 60 gallon drum.. works great. Heater takes 4 hours if the water is at room temp. Or 8 hours if i stick it in before bed
I dose half the reccommended dose of chlorine remover 10 hours before i pump water in. The past 4 months its worked great. I change 80% weekly in my tank
Agreed with this guy. I use 55g food grade barrels myself, and thats exactly how i do it.

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I simply have a power head and heater in by 32 gallon barrel of RO/DI water. No need for an airstone.
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Just make sure floor can hold the weight of both drum's full of water,plus water in aquarium if nearby.
The barrels will be in the garage. I'm thinking about building a stand for them to keep them a few feet off the concrete slab.
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Re: Water drums for water changes

I think I'm going to go with a power head and heater like HD Blazingwolf suggested. Any suggestions on brand/model power head?
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I think I'm going to go with a power head and heater like HD Blazingwolf suggested. Any suggestions on brand/model power head?
minimum of 300 gph i'd think, but this could take a long time to fill a tank with head pressure and all

get a taam hyper flow 17F
lots of flow, low heat, low enegery consumption, lots of head pressure for its size
and its cheap..
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minimum of 300 gph i'd think, but this could take a long time to fill a tank with head pressure and all

get a taam hyper flow 17F
lots of flow, low heat, low enegery consumption, lots of head pressure for its size
and its cheap..
Thanks! I'll definitely take a look at that pump.
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