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Water changes on large tanks?

I'm not fond of water changes, and I haven't done one on my new 75 gallon because it is so large. How do I do it without having to fill up buckets and drag them around everywhere? Can I stick the hose right in the tank and put dechlorinator in at the same time? It's so warm here my tap water is warmer than my tank water, which is 82 degrees. Is that a problem? I've always seen it's better to do water changes with colder water. It seems so difficult to do water changes on such a large tank.

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Just use the hose, I drain my 90 down half way, dump dechlor and fill with the hose.
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i use the python for water changes on my 110 gallon, takes a while but a whole lot easier than lugging 40 gallons across the house!
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Hah, oh man. My 72 is right next to a window, so I siphon it halfway down with a siphon sticking right out the window. Then I just take a little 3-4g bucket and start going back and forth to the bathroom in the next room : (

Hose from the backyard can reach, but barely... maybe Ill try that next time.
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Get a large garbage can with a caddy style wheeled device. Rubbermaid Brute is a good one. They are available in different sizes. I have a 32 gallon and a 44 gallon.
The 44 would get you closer to a 50% water change. If the hose is close but not quite you can fill the can as close as you reasonably can get to the tank, then roll the garbage can closer to the tank. (if the floor is not carpet).
Then use a fountain pump to get the water up from the garbage can into the tank.
If the floor is carpet, then get a longer piece of tubing that will reach from the closest approach of the garbage can to the tank.

Or get another hose to connect to your existing hose. Get a bucket to rest the connection on, hose-to-hose connections seem more prone to leaking.

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Hah, oh man. My 72 is right next to a window, so I siphon it halfway down with a siphon sticking right out the window. Then I just take a little 3-4g bucket and start going back and forth to the bathroom in the next room : (
Hose from the backyard can reach, but barely... maybe Ill try that next time.
+1 on this
I myself use a long garden hose (bought for this pourpose only) and remove the shower snake and attach the hose to the mixer tap directly (the brand of hose i have "hozelok" has a spigot tap adaptor with it) using the spigot adaptor.
i tell you now it will change the way you look at water changes forever.
dont worry about treating the water just dose with prime for the full amount of your tank before you refill.

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What a timely question for me - I set up a 125g tank recently, and the water changes are a pain! (I use a two gallon bucket, one load at a time)

I love the idea of using a wheeled garbage can for draining the tank - my living room and kitchen are tiled and I can wheel that water right out the door to the veggie garden : )

Also, I have a Python type unit, but none of my faucets have a way to connect it - the faucets aren't threaded, and the various attachments won't fit/stay on. Has anyone else had this problem? I hope to replace the kitchen sink this winter, and I need to find a faucet set that will work with the Python.

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I have the Aqueon water changer. It was the best investment that I have made in this hobby. Makes water changes a snap.
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If you are doing a water change on a 75, 25% will not be a big bother as long as the tank has a way to cool. My water is coming in too warm for me to like but on the 75's it will only raise the temp a couple degrees. As I have turned down the lighting on those tanks and opened covers, the temp works it's way back down and the fish don't get upset. When to add the dechlor really makes little difference in most cases. People do it before during or after without any harm. I do try to do mine first just so it is not forgotten.

Any chance of a DIY 3/4 pipe out the wall to drain in the yard? Works for me.
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I have my 90 drilled with an overflow and an water in outlets. I just turn on water and watch it go out. Takes about 5 sec.


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Also, I have a Python type unit, but none of my faucets have a way to connect it - the faucets aren't threaded, and the various attachments won't fit/stay on. Has anyone else had this problem? I hope to replace the kitchen sink this winter, and I need to find a faucet set that will work with the Python.
You can get a universal faucet adapter for the Python (I got one when I bought my Python years ago, but I've never needed to use it so can't comment on how well it works).

http://www.customaquatic.com/estore/...oduct=MA-PY69A

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I own a 45 foot Aqueon water changer. With 6 tanks totaling 292 Gallons, i do weekly water changes of 30-50% on all of them, the fry tanks getting 200-500% water changes daily. Without the water changer i could not do this. Nice to be able to do a water change of 60-80 gallons and not have to do really anything, takes about 30 minutes but it's so easy!

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The fry tanks getting 200-500% water changes daily...
You do 5 100% water changes per day on your fry tanks?

What on earth are you raising that's messy enough to require that?!!
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You do 5 100% water changes per day on your fry tanks?

What on earth are you raising that's messy enough to require that?!!
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