Water changes - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-11-2005, 04:42 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PeteyPob's Avatar
 
PTrader: (33/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: San Antonio TX
Posts: 930
Water changes

Hi everyone,

I was curious as to how you preform your water changes. I fill my 32gal trash can with tap and have a rio pump spit water on top to aggitate 24hrs prior to my water change. I have always heard people using the python hose to fill the tank up striaght out of the tank. I have been wanting to try this method but not sure how the fish will react. If anyone does this what do you add the remove the chlorine? When do you add the solution before, during, or after the tank is filled? I know some products contain alot of phosphates and others. Thanks!
Pete
PeteyPob is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-11-2005, 05:02 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
WfxXx's Avatar
 
PTrader: (125/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: USA
Posts: 3,037
Quote:
Originally Posted by PeteyPob
I have always heard people using the python hose to fill the tank up striaght out of the tap. !
Pete
This is what I do exactly, I just pour Seachem Prime straight into tank as soon as I start filling.

Craig

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
WfxXx is offline  
post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-11-2005, 05:53 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
shalu's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: San Jose, CA
Posts: 1,675
I do something similar with Python.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Flourite, wet/dry, AHSupply 302w PC, PinPoint controller

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
15w T6+15w T8

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
40w T6 ODNO4x, no CO2. Discus grow out.
10gallon Tonina tank, 2x15w T6 ODNO 4x
---------------------
I will do aquascapes after I collect all the plant species and grow them to perfection.
shalu is offline  
 
post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-11-2005, 06:25 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
Hypancistrus's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: West Michigan
Posts: 1,032
I use a pump mounted on the side of my tank stand. I just hook up two hoses, one from the pump to the tank, and one to the sink. On the hose end I put in the tank, I wrap a fluval sponge over the end and secure it with a rubber band. This keeps it from sucking in anything it shouldn't. When I initially set my tank up, I removed 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 gallons of water after the tank was full (measured using a 5 gallon bucket), and applied level labels to the side of the tank.

For water changes, I just pump water out to the level line (I always use the 15 gallon one).

The tank is a 42 gallon hexagon.
Hypancistrus is offline  
post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-11-2005, 04:05 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
jhoetzl's Avatar
 
PTrader: (10/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Scotch Plains, NJ
Posts: 1,020
Send a message via MSN to jhoetzl
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hypancistrus
I removed 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 gallons of water after the tank was full (measured using a 5 gallon bucket), and applied level labels to the side of the tank.
Ah, don't know if you think the level labels are more of an eyesore, but I use them, not as obvious though - the top of my suction cups for the co2 line are at 10 and 25 - but they look like they belong more than labels...if they shift, there are markings with sharpie on the back of the tank where they belong, which become invisible against a black background - I use foam-core black boards from any of the art supply or office stores where I can find them with black foam - and as an added benefit, they might be helping to get the temp more stable - 1/4" of foam...


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
jhoetzl is offline  
post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-11-2005, 05:49 PM
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 492
I had the same doubts before. Just dose enough dechlorinator for your total tank volume and add it before the new water goes into your tank. I have chloramines so i use seachem prime. It will lock the ammonia for a day but the bacteria can still break it down. I use 10mls for 100g. I needed 50mL of amquel for 100g. I switched to prime to save $.


I would use to fill 2 20 gallons bin with tap and age it before i put it in my 100g. that got tiresome so I used a python. I attach a powerhead to the side going into my tank to pump out the water instead of wasting clean water to suck out the tank water. I can let it siphon out but its too slow to change 50g.
rayhwong is offline  
post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-12-2005, 08:39 PM
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (40/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Austin,tx
Posts: 223
hey Pete,
I live in Austin area and do 40% change every other day straight from the tap. Add Prime,do the dosing,fish luv it. My water out of tap is 7.4ph,8kh.
My plants and Discus do better with the frequent changes. I started out doing the aged water routine and the RO deal, then decided to heck with it.
Dean

75 Gal Discus,Crypts,Bacopa,Vals,Ludwigia,Java Fern,Hygro+2 Swords,Alternanthera,java moss ,anubias,P.stellata,lotus
12 Gal Nano, Shrimp,Pygmy Corys,Riccia, Ludwigia,, crypts, HC,nana petite
snake is offline  
post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-12-2005, 09:04 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
RoseHawke's Avatar
 
PTrader: (9/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Central Alabama
Posts: 1,878
Send a message via AIM to RoseHawke Send a message via MSN to RoseHawke
I also use the Python for water changes. I've put a piece of blue painter's tape on the side cut to a point for a water change mark. Pretty unobtrusive, really. I just suck everything out to the mark, then reverse the flow and start filling, throw in 4 capfuls or so of Amquel right where the water is coming in, and I'm good to go.

Slinte!
Cindy



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
-
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
2wpg CF lighting; pressurized CO2; 18 watt Turbo-twist UVS; Eheim Pro II 2028; eco-complete; 2 Pearl Gouramis; 7 Harlequin Rasboras; 3 Otocinclus catfish

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
lo-tech; 1.8 wpg DIY CF light; no CO2; Aquaclear mini; Schultz substrate; java fern; java moss; 7 Neon Tetras; 1 flame dwarf gourami
RoseHawke is offline  
post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-13-2005, 04:53 PM
Planted Member
 
badmatt's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: winnipeg, manitoba, canada
Posts: 255
Send a message via AIM to badmatt Send a message via MSN to badmatt Send a message via Yahoo to badmatt
50%-60% weekly old school (siphon and bucket )

Eheim Pimp Club Member #47
125G discus
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



Other money Pit's
05 GTO- exhaust, tune, intake.
97 Bagged Sonoma - layin frame on 22's
00 GMC Jimmy.... DD stock
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
badmatt is offline  
post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-13-2005, 05:11 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
150EH's Avatar
 
PTrader: (27/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Churchton, Maryland
Posts: 5,370
I'm with RoseHawke on this one, except I just use the hot water to keep the temp around 75 - 80 and no problems. This fish seem to love it and swim directly in to the fresh water currents. I also have well water so I don't have to use any dechlorinaters.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
150EH is offline  
post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-13-2005, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
PeteyPob's Avatar
 
PTrader: (33/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: San Antonio TX
Posts: 930
Awesome guys .I think Ill head in everyones directions and do the tap water thing! Thanks!!!!!!!
Pete
PeteyPob is offline  
post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-14-2005, 01:48 PM
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 160
40% every weekend... strait from the spicket~.. python it out.. python it in~.. scrape glass, make sure reserve top off bucket is full of RO, and ferts. When it tops off, it doses ferts for me.. easy setup.. my kh is always 4 and my ph with injected co2 keeps my ph abour 6.8-6.9.. plants pearl everyday.. .. such a pretty site..

chris
Crs2fr is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome