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How do you fill up your tank after water changes

JW how does everyone fill up their tanks after a water change. I have a 29. 10 and a 6 gallon which I use a bucket and pitcher to add new water. Any helpful tips or methods?
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I have a python which I just run directly from the sink to add water to the tank. For my smaller tanks, I make sure that not too much water is flowing out too quickly, and for my 75 I just let it go wild.

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Look at my signature, I have a tool that I made, also Tom Barr shared what he uses


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If you're doing a 30% water change, refilling almost ten gallons with a pitcher must take way too long. A siphon hose is much easier and faster. Don't buy one of the hoses from a fish store with the "specialty siphon valve attachment". They charge $30-$40 for a few bucks worth of hose and a useless plastic valve. 20 feet or so of 3/8 or 1/2 inch tubing is only about $8-$10 at Lowes or Home Depot. Stick one end in your tank, hold the other end against the faucet until it fills up, then turn off the water and point it at the drain. It will automatically start siphoning. To fill back up, attach a nut that will fit around your tubing and fit the thread after you twist off the spray nozzle of your sink ($1.50) and turn your water on. This makes the whole process hands free so you can plant, 'scape, and do whatever while its draining and filling up.
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Syphon hose into a 5gl water bottle (water cooler type w/handle)

1 gl milk jugs to fill. No tanks over 40gl. really not that big a deal, No water spills ...works for me.
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A 44 gallon Brute connected via bulkheads to my system. Use the return pump to push water to a drain and then open the valve from the Brute refilling the system
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as of right now i do the ol' fill up empty gallon water containers but now i have a pump that i will be getting hose for, filling up a big container than just pumping it right in instead of walking back and forth 40 feet.. whatever works as long as your fine with doing it. for the 29 gal a couple empty gallon containers is fine its not too big of a tank, especially for the smaller ones.. i'm setting up 50 and 55 gals now and some with sumps.. I would just keep it simple the way your doing it. only suggestion if your not doing it is to get two containers of same size and while ones filling up under the sink than just swap to make it half the time. but a 29 is small so you should be good with that..
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I use a medium sized rubber maid and cheap syphon. The bin is small enough I can carry it easily and fit it under the tap, I think it holds about 1.5 gallons. But I'm only changing out a 20 and a 10.

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Mini: A 2 quart pitcher and my hand.
20g/10g: Tom's handy dandy DIY water changing tool.


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I drain with a hosing using a PVC hook. There is a PVC ball valve attached to this "hook" and I fill it back up using that.

I use ordinary garden hoses. The cheaper the better, as they are MUCH less likely to have anti-mold treatments. I've been using various cheap garden hoses for a decade on my tanks on client tanks. Never once had an issue.

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Carrying jugs and buckets is pointless and way too much work. When draining with a hose I run the hose outside to water plants and the lawn(only water it has got this summer......... no rain here till this week). In the winter it still goes outside. Better than dumping down the drain. Then just hook it to the spigot and fill er up while adding dechlor(I use cloram-x). The ball valve on the hook makes it easier to shut off when it is full then go turn water off.


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13 pages dude. why not just post it here so people dont have to go huting?
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Since my tank is close to an outside wall... i drilled a hole to the outside and fit it with 3/4 pipe and fittings and i use a hose to drain the water out and refill it back in via a rubber hose from the water pipe. ( i do run the water through the outside water hose for a couple of minutes before i put it in the aquarium) Thats what i have so far maybe i can improve on it later.
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how do you de-chlorinate the water before it enters the tank if a python is used for the water change?

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13 pages dude. why not just post it here so people dont have to go huting?
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how do you de-chlorinate the water before it enters the tank if a python is used for the water change?
Like I said, just add dechlor to the tank when filling. It isn't as if chlorine kills things instantly. I've been doing it this way for longer than half of the people on this forum have been alive.....

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