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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 06-17-2013, 06:55 AM Thread Starter
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Raising up bucket for water changes

I'm wondering if anyone has any clever ways that they quickly and conveniently raise up a 5 gallon bucket of water for a water change, to siphon water back into the tank.

I've been dragging the dining room table over to the tank, putting a plastic bin on top of it, and then putting the bucket of water on the bin to get it high enough for the siphon. I don't have anything else that's that tall...

So are there any quick put up/tear down solutions to raise this bucket up that I haven't thought of?
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A tall step ladder?
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If you're not strong enough to lift it, or just don't want to, why not get a small pump and pump the water in?

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Yup, I use a pump for any of my out of the way tanks (bedroom) when I do a water change.
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I can lift the bucket, the main thing I'd like to avoid is dragging the dining room table over for each water change. A step ladder could work. I've thought about the Python but didn't like the idea of putting untreated water back into the tank. I just recently read that people put the water conditioner in the tank before filling it back up with the Python. That could work too.

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I use a pump and hose setup to pump water from the treatment container to the tank.
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I can lift the bucket, the main thing I'd like to avoid is dragging the dining room table over for each water change. A step ladder could work. I've thought about the Python but didn't like the idea of putting untreated water back into the tank. I just recently read that people put the water conditioner in the tank before filling it back up with the Python. That could work too.

Any other ideas?
Many people use the python to fill directly into the tank including myself for years now, just add the appropriate amount of prime before filling, never ever had a problem this way.


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i just fill up a 5 gallon bucket halfway, prime it, dump the bucket in the water, repeat. for my 20 gallon that's a 20 percent water change, and 2.5 gallons isn't that heavy.

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A tall step ladder?

+1 i use a 4ft ladder and just put the bucket on top
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I'm a fan of the Python as well. You can pour in the conditioner before or what I do is pour it in tank the same time the water is filling the tank up that way I use the Python to move the conditioner around the tank.

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Hahah I bring a 5 gallon bucket up and use a small plastic cup to scoop it back in. It takes awhile but the pump idea sounds nice!

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Idk how much the python is but i use a 50 foot 15 dollar flex hose and a faucet adapter for 5 and it works wonders. Connect it to the sink, pour amount of conditioner in the tank, turn on the water and get he temp just right and you're good to start filling.
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YEP on the pump I use a fountain pump but any power head will work .
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post #15 of 36 (permalink) Old 06-17-2013, 06:11 PM
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I feel strongly about this: using buckets to refill for water changes is pointless. Put prime (water conditioner) into the tank (using enough for the total volume of the tank), then use a hose to refill the tank. Cold water is fine too.

Maybe if you have a discuss tank you should be more careful, but in my experience the process has no ill effects, and if anything seems to induce spawning of angelfish, amanos, tetras . . .

The ill effects of doing fewer or smaller water changes because buckets are a pain are worse than any theoretical disadvantage of the method described above.

Build one of these things out of PVC and connect it to a drinking water safer garden hose and then you can drain and fill just turning valves.
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