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is the python water changer safe ?

When using the python to refill your tank during a partial water change , you are adding untreated water. What's up with this? Do you add conditioner before you backfill , during , after or not at all.
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I've seen people adding the conditionner right after the refill with python. I personnally wouldn't do it on my small 12 gallon tank, on larger tanks I guess it's fine.
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i have used a python for years never an issue on tanks from 20 to 150 gal
i just dose some prime before i refill or dechlor
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I don't do this, but I've heard that you should dose dechlor. or prime for the whole tank volume, then refill with python
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That's what I thought. I also use prime. I guess just get the temp coming from the faucett as close as possible ?
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That's what I "try" to do when refilling my bucket
One of my hands feels water WAY warmer than the other lol
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I always use the python in my 15 and 30 gallon and never had a problem. I add some prime while the tank is being filled, though.


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Use it on multiple tanks, I declor before and after if it's anything over 50%, but declor full tank before is what's standard.
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I use it to refill my 55 and have added the dose for the tank before refilling and I've never had a problem or any deaths after water changes.

I do use it to empty all of my tanks but usually only use it to fill my 55 since I make water for the other tanks.


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I add my dechlor before adding in the new water. I figure it'll take care of things as soon as the water comes out of the tube into the tank.
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When I am doing a larger water change, such as a continuous drain and fill I dose dechlor into the incoming stream, measured to match the amount of water coming in. So every 5 minutes I might dose for 20 gallons. This way no matter how much I remove (siphoned out to the garden) the incoming water has some chance of being treated.

At the end, when I am no longer draining I will give it one last dose, equal to about half the tank, just in case I was not quite on top of the dosing through the procedure.
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I never added straight tap water to my aquarium when I used the Petsmart version of the python. I used it to help empty the tank, and to pump water to where the tank is located, but into a bucket so I could treat the water, then give it a good mix and pump it into the aquarium using a water pump. I got lazy 5 years ago and bought a cheap-o water pump for water changes and have never looked back. Now I do all my water changes and never lift a single gallon of water. Now I have a little more expensive pump that is much faster, but still takes it a while to pump the water 100+ feet.
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I get really paranoid so I usually put half prior to refilling (then immediately filling) then putting the other half after I fill up the tank. I'm thinking it's doing half and half and hopefully I have better luck!
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I get really paranoid so I usually put half prior to refilling (then immediately filling) then putting the other half after I fill up the tank. I'm thinking it's doing half and half and hopefully I have better luck!

Always better safe than sorry, I've had many a fish die since my first aquarium when I was six and it always sucks! I couldn't imagine losing an entire tank at once, so I'm like you, kinda paranoid lol. I even use a flashlight and check on my fish during their "night" period!!
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I never added straight tap water to my aquarium when I used the Petsmart version of the python. I used it to help empty the tank, and to pump water to where the tank is located, but into a bucket so I could treat the water, then give it a good mix and pump it into the aquarium using a water pump. I got lazy 5 years ago and bought a cheap-o water pump for water changes and have never looked back. Now I do all my water changes and never lift a single gallon of water. Now I have a little more expensive pump that is much faster, but still takes it a while to pump the water 100+ feet.
I also use a pump to replace water but I've been carrying the buckets. This is a great idea. I've been thinking of buying a python but was leery of the whole chlorine treatment thing. Thanks.
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