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The pope takes a dump, my goal in life is complete
One issue I have with filling directly from the tap is that my tank-less water heater (Rinai) is terrible about maintaining a constant water temp. Not sure how big of a temp swing the fish or plants will take?
10 F or so, depends on the species, plants do not care, you can easily hit within 2-5F.
Hot/cold water, run it first, match it with the tank, then pull the shower plug and the right temp water goes to the tank.
I could get a few more buckets (3g buckets fit nicely in the kitchen sink) and fill them up prior to starting the WC which would give me a chance to adjust temp and add Prime, then pour that water into the 10g as it empties. Now that I do the math, guess I would need 12 buckets. That's alot. May have to get that Python thing working...
Big time, you'll thank yourself 10x over once you do.
I use a nice high grade garden hose, Flexogen 3/4", I have 5 tanks, so they get done using this same hose.
I made a PVC U shape hanging hook for the tanks that the hose attaches to.
It goes down about 70% of the depth of the tank, I added two small PVC filter screens they use on bulk heads so no fish or shrimp are sucked out.
I just throw the hook on the tank, siphon out 50-70% etc, the water goes to the landscaping plants, then once the draining is done, swap the drain end to the shower head, get temp right, start refilling.
I add prime to the tank and the ferts at this time, no need to prep the water prior. Having bred dozens of species Discus etc, other wimpy senstive fish as shrimp, CRS/RCS etc.......never had an issue, been doing this for 30+ years.
You are causing yourself lots more work and issues than need be.
I have EcoComplete substrate, but may have to ditch that (see other posts).
Thanks for the advice! I guess while the tank is bare is the best time to practice and perfect the WC's!
Well, whenever is convenient for the sediment, it's a big job, complete tank drain and reset.
You can set up the garden hose thing easily in a few minutes and a trip to Home Depot.