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What to do when it's too cold..

Here's my problem..

It's winter.. the water from the tap is cooold..
The only way I can change the water in my tank is via python. The hood design doesn't allow enough room for the dumping of a bucket. I can't really get my water in there any other way that I can think of but I'm worried about the temperature shocking the fish and plants that are used to being at 78-80 degrees.

What can I do to keep my tank healthy?
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Some day the modern era will come to Kansas and you will have true indoor plumbing with a neat thing called HOT WATER! Then you will be able to adjust the temperature of the water by adding HOT WATER to the cold water stream.
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I must use cold water for other reasons...so I fill a large garbage can and heat it. Then with a pump use that water to fill my tanks.
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what if you added water in stages? then the water heater could heat the added water in increments.
have you thought about creating/buying a system that hooks into the sink inside your house? i think that that might be what rex was getting at...
or you could move to texas--high of 70 degrees today!

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or you could move to texas--high of 70 degrees today!
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hey barbels--i'm sure we can have the "flip side" of that conversation in august, when i'm looking at 105 in the shade, with humidity!

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Hey, it's going to be 47 here today before hitting minus 8 on Friday. Can't wait for that.

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Some day the modern era will come to Kansas and you will have true indoor plumbing with a neat thing called HOT WATER! Then you will be able to adjust the temperature of the water by adding HOT WATER to the cold water stream.

My exact thoughts Rex.

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It's winter.. the water from the tap is cooold..
Pia, why can't you just crack open the hot water faucet a little. Are you concerned about possible contamination from your hot-water heater?
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If Pia's case is anything like mine - the Python adapter doesn't fit a single faucet in my house. I have to run it outside and use the garden hose. I guess I should change my faucet to something more standard.

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Python does sell a universal adapter as well as the plastic and brass threaded inserts.

The universal adapter is essentially a rubber sleeve mated to male threads to fit the pump with a hose clamp to cinch it down.

On many faucets, the strainer must be removed for the regular adapter to fit, but I've lived in five different places and never had a problem getting the adapter to screw in. I have a utility sink now, no adapter even needed, just screws on the spigot.


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Take the hood off when you do a water change so you can use a bucket. I use a 5 gallon water bottle.
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Any hardware store should sell brass adapters that convert from the faucet's fine thread to a garden hose thread. I've been carrying around the same one over the course of three moves and 20 years .

Gotta love things that can stand the long haul...too bad most can't be more complex than a $2 brass adapter.

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Any hardware store should sell brass adapters that convert from the faucet's fine thread to a garden hose thread.
Heh heh. You've been lucky. There's 55/64" and 30/32" faucet sizes, and I'm sure a bunch more. I was lucky and only bought one wrong one
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Just take the faucet end piece (the part you would unscrew to attach the adapter -- don't know what it's called) to the hardware store with you for comparison.


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