Water changes: tips, tricks and suggestions
I will be starting my first planted tank in the next couple weeks. I plan to use the EI fertilizer dosing method, and therefore will be doing ~50% water changes weekly. Coming from the reef aquarium world, where 10% weekly water changes are considered "frequent", this 50% per week thing has got me thinking. Many of you have tanks in the 40-60 gallon range, and must be changing out 20-30 gallons per week (more if you have multiple tanks). Assuming that many of these tanks are displayed in living areas far away from a water source and drain, lugging around that much water every week must be a huge PIA. Also, water changes of that size must require that you match the water temperature closely, which can be difficult unless you have a reservoir of water someplace where you pre-treat it for temperature, alkalinity, etc...
I figured that some of you with larger tanks and/or multiple tanks have come up with some clever methods for doing water changes. So, if you have some clever way to avoid carrying five gallon buckets of water and sloshing it around the house every weekend, I want to hear about it. Post pictures and let us know how you have made your weekly water change as painless as possible!
Last edited by Mighty Quinn; 12-17-2018 at 12:33 PM.