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Water changes...

I'm just starting an EI dosing program on my Rio 180, which is a 40 gallon, using dry ferts, so i shall be doing a rather large water change every week. Normally i change probably about 15-20% per week at the moment, by using a gravel cleaner with a hose and fill a bucket a few times, and then add treated water with a large watering can. Probably a bit antiquated i suppose.

I would be very interested to know what other people do with their water changes, how much, what equipment is used, any DIY methods used etc.....

Basically i need a much more efficient method to do a 40-50% change each week. Is there something i can buy or maybe make that will help?

What do you all do?
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Get a python no spill clean n fill. It works great.

I do 50% weekly water changes, and the python makes this a snap

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Here's a link to the product
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This is cheap and fast, all you need is food grade tubing from your local hardware store and your in there.

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I second the phyton. I have 2 55's and was using the gravel cleaner/buckets also. The phyton cuts the time in half at a minimum.

I find Petsmart's online prices to be the cheapest for equipment because I can print out the online price and carry it to the store, they meet their own price and then you don't have to pay shipping. Their in store price will be considerable higher than the online price.

I got the 50'. At $46 is sounds like a lot but the time and ease made it one of my best purchases.

http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...amily&keepsr=1
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This is cheap and fast, all you need is food grade tubing from your local hardware store and your in there.
I made a similar U shaped tube out of PVC, one end has an adapter to connect the end of a standard garden hose, the other end I bought a small removable cap for. The tubing length is cut so that when it is hanging in the tank it will siphon out half of the water. Total cost for this was about $4.50 at Home Depot. I also picked up a 25' drinking water safe hose there for $11 bucks. To refill you either need an adapter to attach the hose to your sink or you can connect the hose directly to an outside faucet. I use a gravel vac into a bucket to clean the surface of my substrate while the tank is emptying and save a couple of gallons of the tank water to water house plants during the week.
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I recently posted my little water change setup on the DIY section. It works quite nicely for my needs, connect a hose and turn a couple valves, then I'm free to do whatever I want until it's time to reverse the process and refill the tank.
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Very Nice DIY there, I dig it. Very slick and seems easy.
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