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Re: Reconsider use of Baking soda.
In a message dated 7/21/02 11:05:05 AM, jwwiii at pacbell_net writes:
<< Charles just reminded me -- off to change some water. >>
Good advice, but let's stimulate the group and ask how do you do it. I have
three techniques that all depend on the size of the tank.
1) for larger than 10 gallons, I run a python to and from the aquarium -- but
when I start the siphon, I run it into buckets to dispense to the garden.
Then I refill directly from the tap with the addition of dechlorinating
chemical -- sodium thiosulfate.
2) 4-10 gallons -- I siphon into a bucket and refill by pumping from 55
gallon drum that is aged with recirculation through peat and addition of
3) Less than 4 gallons -- I carry to the sink and use a turkey baster to
remove bottom stuff and scoop out some more. I refill the same as 2). My
least preferred and most time consuming procedure.
In most cases I change about 1/3 of the water as often as I can find the
time. Not often enough for the smaller more numerous and more labor intensive
sizes. As I get less inclined to spend 18/7 doing water changes, I will move
to fewer, larger tanks, I am sure. Either that or I will install a
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