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[APD] Re: microwaving water

I'm in the UK & for my water changes I siphon 75% of the water out of my
50gal (so just about 6" of water left in the aquarium) & then slowly refill
straight from the cold tap.  I repeat this about 6 times during the course
of an afternoon (I know many of you may not agree with this - pH shock,
chlorine poisoning or whatever - but honestly I've done this every three
months for about 4 years without any problem or apparent change of behaviour
of the fish).

To make sure the tap water's at the correct temperature I made an inline
heater out of some 4" drain fittings & a thermostatically controlled, 3KW
hot water tank heater (total cost about £20 from my local builders
merchant).  You have to refill slowly enough for 3KW to be able to
continuously raise the temperature adequately but I guess it takes about 45m
to refill about 35 gallons.

Regards, Kevin

, 24 Feb 2005 1:18:33 EST
> From: kosche at elknet_net
> Subject: [APD] Re: microwaving water
> To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com
> I have been heating my RO water in the microwave for about 3 years and
> no complaints frtom the plants or fish. I would be sure to  do any dosing
> of ferts, traces etc. after getting it mixed to the desired temp in case
> the heat would cause a change in the chemistry .  Jim
> >
> > On Tuesday, February 22, 2005, at 05:48 PM, Derek Parr wrote:
> >
> > > Here's a silly question.   I got lots. ;]
> > >
> > > When I make water changes, It comes straight from the tap after it
> > > goes through an under sink filter that takes out the chloramines.
> > > But its cold, particularly at this time of year.  I wonder if anyone
> > > is aware of any downsides to "nuking" it to get it to the temp of the
> > > tank water?
> > >
> things.
> > >
> > > -derek
> > >

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