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Re: Water changing
- To: KillieTalk at aka_org
- Subject: Re: Water changing
- From: Charles n Sue Harrison <csharrison at primary_net>
- Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2000 12:16:20 -0500
- In-Reply-To: <200010150347.XAA15693 at actwin_com>
- References: <200010150347.XAA15693 at actwin_com>
I thought it might be worthwhile to throw in my water
changing methods also.
-- Same as above. --
My fishroom is in a basement also. I use a 55 gallon plastic
drum with the top cut off as a holding tank. I have a garden hose
from the closest faucet I fill it with. I put a submersible heater in
it for winter and there is an open weighted air line in it for some
mixing. I purchased an outdoor submersible fountain pump at the
TrueValue Hardware store a dozen years ago along with enough clear
plastic tubing to reach from the bottom of the drum to every tank in
my fish room. I use the same garden hose to empty each tank. One end
is in the drain in the center of my basement. I start the syphon and
the rest is down the drain.
Sometimes when I have fry in a tank that I might suck out, I will
drain through a brine shrimp net into a 5 gallon bucket with a
smaller plastic hose.
I try to keep it simple. Most everybody here in the area uses
something close to this.
I use thiosulfate to dechlorinate our tap water and reduce
the pH at the same time. The pH as it goes into my tanks is about 8.
I change as much of all the water in all my tanks on a weekly basis
as I can. I seldom clean a tank unless something really bad happens.
Then it's 1/2 cup bleach and fill to top, in a day everything is dead
Oh, the peat test . . . wait till Monday, some interesting
results so far . . .
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