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How to do water changes?

I just use normal tap water, but I fill the bath tub up and treat the water first in the tub and get the proper temp. I then pump it to the tank with eheim 1200. This method seems to work OK, just wondering if anyone has any better ideas?
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Sounds good for a large tank.

What about soap scum in the bath tub???
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Best WC method I've seen is a guy with tank mounted in wall had a 55 holding water only for water changes so he can treat it in there than when its time he just pumps. Than refills
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Sounds good for a large tank.


What about soap scum in the bath tub???
I am not that dirty. We don't use the tub so not a problem.



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How large is your tank?


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How large is your tank?
125, plus 30 gal sump.

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I am not that dirty. We don't use the tub so not a problem.



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Why not just get a Python type device and run the water from the tap right into the tank? What are you accomplishing by putting the water in the tub first? You can just pour your water conditioned right into the tank while the Python is filling it.
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I piped water from my well into 2 hydor heaters before entering tank. Water then goes out overflow and into septic system. So easy to do i change water 4 days a week!
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I use an Aqueon water changer and pump straight from the tap into the aquarium and add dechlorinator as I go. I'll adjust the temperature until it feels right to hand as it's leaving the hose.

In my experience, water changes are too important to make terribly complicated.
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I put water treatment equaling the gallons of water in my system in every time I change water. If I only treated the water actually changed I would save a lot of money on that treatment. Seems a good idea to me given the tub is good and clean.


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I am not that dirty. We don't use the tub so not a problem.
Do you at least shower?
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I add prime and let it circulate for 10 mins.
Than I will add my water right from tap with python.
Works so far only problem is my water is heavily oxygenated.


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In my experience, water changes are too important to make terribly complicated.
Same here. I'm more likely to do water changes regularly if it's easy. I use a Python, and just add Prime to the tank before refilling.


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If I change less than half I only put in enough dechlor for what I'm changing, if I change more than half I use enough for the whole tank. I have no idea why other than this is what someone on another forum told me to do when I set up my main tank and it's always worked.

In the "old days" before chloramines people used to age their water, but I really don't see the point now. A water conditioner like Prime is really effective and also cheap to use.

I agree to making it as easy as possible.
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Best WC method I've seen is a guy with tank mounted in wall had a 55 holding water only for water changes so he can treat it in there than when its time he just pumps. Than refills
I do the same thing, using my filter pump to both empty and fill my main tank. I have a big Rubbermaid bin I keep full, and a cheap pump in it for circulation. Water changes are a breeze

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