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    Exclamation Partial Water Change - 10 Minutes Solution

    Hey folks!

    I've had my tank for about 1.5 year now and I have always found that water changes were tedious, slow and wasting a lot of water using the python. Anyone else feels the same? :biglaugh2

    Since I use a mag pump to mix my new water, I came up with the following idea and thought I would share it.

    Pic 1 - Water going out of the tank.
    Pic 2 - A vew of the sink.
    Pic 3 - New water going into the tank.
    Pic 4 - A view of the pump back in the mixing bucket.

    Easy and quick. Total cost, minus the pump of course, about $30.00.

    One thing to keep in mind when pumping water out of the tank is the syphon effect. If you don't pull out the pump as soon as you're done, water will continue flowing out of the tank. :wink5:

    Cheers!
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    hmm thats same way most people do it when then need to save time...

    a pond pump is a cheap option if u don't have a big budget... last time i was cleaning a lobster tank and i used a pond pump, sucked up 50g of water in like 5 min.. not even.. lol

    good times

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    I'm doing it that way for over a year now.

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    same here but with a maxijet

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    Well, that thought had been in the back of my mind for quite some time but never got around doing it.

    Ricepicker: When I first began in this hobby, the only thing I read about how to do a water change was to use buckets and python. That's another reason why I decided to post pics about this, so that newcomers can actually see how it is done quickly without the pains of buckets and pythons. :wink5: Mind you, a python is still very useful for vacuuming the bottom.

    Tox: Would'nt that take forever with a maxijet? Not to mention the head loss and back pressure. :wink5:

    My sink about 20 feet away, so the mag 7 does an excellent job at moving water out of the tank. Same thing at pushing the new water into the tank.

    Anyhoo... I just wanted to share an idea that newcomers mind find useful. :biggrinbo

    Cheers!

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    Good tip Serge!
    While some of us are already doing that, you at least voiced your thoughts.

    I am sure we all have some "gems of knowledge" that could benefit others especially some newcomers. Sometimes it is from a bad experience (never leave your RO unit on over night because one day you will forget about it and have a flood) or from looking at something and saying "I could do better than that!" (cutting the end off the maxijet to cause a better flow/wave action).

    Is it worth having a " tricks of the trade" section here at AC or is just better to go with the motto "It is the trials and tribulations of the journey, that make the goal worthwhile?"

    Anyways thanks for the tip just the same Serge!
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    it takes 2 mins to empty a 5 gallons bucket

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToX
    it takes 2 mins to empty a 5 gallons bucket

    Very true- however at 2 minutes and 5 seconds it will overfill onto your hardwood floor and makes a puddle which never really dries because it gets stuck between the wood peices and causing the wood to heave and crack.

    What a difference 5 seconds makes!!
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    I just stay in front of it for 1 minute or 2 so it never overflowed on the floor

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    Ive never tried that before.
    I usually mix the water first,
    then use buckets to take water from the tank to the toilet.

    My pthon doent attach in this place so i have to use te syphon instead
    also the python doesnt mix the salt into the water well. :wink5:
    but considering i have tanks on either side of my bathroom the 3 foot walk isnt that bad.
    Who says Dogs are the only creature that's happy to see you?

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