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Doing 50% water changes with a python in a 75g tank... conditioner question.

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I've been doing 50% water changes on my 75g tank with a Python. I've been using the Python to drain and a 5g bucket to mix the conditioner and then add it back. I'm not fond of using a bucket, especially having a Python

Also, the tank is moderately planted and adding by bucket creates havoc on the plants. The tank is also 90% stocked with fish.

I want to start using the Python to start filling the tank, but want to find out the best way to mix the conditioners... Using Amquel + and Novaqua +.

Is it okay to add the condition to the tank and then fill? I'm concerned with the concentration being too much on the fish...

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I do 50% water changes weekly. I use a python to drain and fill my 100g. I just dose what i need into the tank right before i fill it. I havent had any issues as of yet. I use Prime conditioner. Im pretty sure many people use the same method. Just make sure the temp of the water is close to what the tank is.
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I'd personally just use the Amquel+ and yes, you can add the conditioner to the tank and then refill.

I'm not sure how much you'll need, but when doing it this way using Prime you're supposed to dose according to the entire volume of the tank rather than just the amount of water you're replacing...





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Thanks.

A little off topic, but do you think there would be any problem switching over from Amquel to Prime? I bought them orginally before I even heard of prime.
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Thanks.

A little off topic, but do you think there would be any problem switching over from Amquel to Prime? I bought them orginally before I even heard of prime.
I can't see there being any problem. I like prime because it goes further than most other conditioners.

And I drain my tank, add dechlor and refill with a phyton. Haven't had any issues and I have shrimp in the tank too.


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I use a python on my 30g; I have a big chunk of driftwood that I use to bear the brunt of the flow, and pour the prime in with the first bursts of the fresh water without any issues at all. I switched from generic brand dechloro to prime without any issues on plants or livestock (heavily stocked with fish, snails and shrimp).
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I have a tank w/ no access to my RO water so I just refill w/ Python. I dose the prime according the full tank volume just before I start filling the fresh water. Never had any problems so I think it's safe to say you can do without the buckets! Tank is fully stocked with plants and fish.
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ditto I just dose prime before adding water and add it. Done on both planted and no/lightly planted tanks.


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Thanks, appreciate it all.

I'll start dosing right before I start filling. Would make life a lot easier... and I'm going to switch over to Prime as soon as I'm out of the Amquel.
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