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How do you guys do water changes? In the past, I have done water changes through both the python water changing system and the bucket method... Recently, we had a newer sink setup put in and it's not possible at the moment to connect my python to it... or anything else in the house. I may have to do bucket style again. A long time ago, when I used to do it bucket style, I used to put the new, clean water in a huge tub, throw in a heater and some prime and let it sit for awhile. Then when it matched the temp of the tank, I would do the water change and swap them out.

How do you guys do your water changes?
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Syphon water out the window. RO water stored in basement pumped up through the floor/wall into tank
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I generally use a Python to drain. A couple of fish tanks get refilled the same way with straight dechlorinated tap. Others with more sensitive livestock get either aged tap or remineralized RO pumped back into them. Every time I've gotten a new faucet in the last many years, it's been a challenge adapting it to fit a Python but so far I've managed to.

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Take as many fittings as you want to connect to a "Mom - Pop" type of hardware store like Ace and I bet they have what you need to adapt .
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I've killed livestock by not doing a temperature matching to the tank water so many times.

I realized it was worth the money and the effort to invest in a quick way to do water changes. I have been able to tap into the cold water side of my washing machine and run a line to a 20g rubbermaid where I heat the water and use Prime since I have Chloramines.
I attached a T to the inlet of the filter and suck out the water to the regular level for a 15g change and use a small pump from the rubbermaid to fill the tank back up. It takes about 30 mins to do the full water change but the tank has never been so stable so I think it is worth the investment

For the new sink issue, I would echo the statement to go get fittings and rehooking the python back up. You can also go under the sink and put a T directly into the water line from the wall to the faucet and try and run it from there.

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Take as many fittings as you want to connect to a "Mom - Pop" type of hardware store like Ace and I bet they have what you need to adapt .
That's not the issue. The issue is the connection I normally use is not good and has become stripped and have no idea to replace it. Going to the store for something like that right isn't really a priority. So bucket changes it is.
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If you don't have to vacuum any gravel, just put a hose on a pump and drop it in the tank and turn it on. Set it at the height that you want it to stop and you will hear when it starts sucking air. To put the water back, reverse the pump and put it in a 5 gallon bucket in the sink and keep the water flowing.
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Your choice , but I would replace the faucet before I would go back to buckets . I am too old for that....lol
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I make sure to place tanks now somewhere that they will have access to a drain and water supply. Ounce of prevention...

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Your choice , but I would replace the faucet before I would go back to buckets . I am too old for that....lol
Luckily, the tank is only is only 12 inches tall so not very tall. So easier to reach into.
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How do you guys do water changes? In the past, I have done water changes through both the python water changing system and the bucket method... Recently, we had a newer sink setup put in and it's not possible at the moment to connect my python to it... or anything else in the house. I may have to do bucket style again. A long time ago, when I used to do it bucket style, I used to put the new, clean water in a huge tub, throw in a heater and some prime and let it sit for awhile. Then when it matched the temp of the tank, I would do the water change and swap them out.

How do you guys do your water changes?
I love to use Python to drain. This one is comfortable for me to do. Although it is a bit of challenging. But I love to do it anyway.
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