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Old 12-27-2012, 07:27 PM   #981
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Congratulations! It's finally over!! Fish fish fish!
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:16 PM   #982
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Congratulations! It's finally over!! Fish fish fish!
Thanks! I'm so excited.. but I'm dreading this water change lol
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:44 PM   #983
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Thanks! I'm so excited.. but I'm dreading this water change lol
Hopefully you only need to do a huge one once.
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:54 PM   #984
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Well I have my 27G trash can mixing salt as we speak.. think that'll be enough? That's almost a 33% water change lol
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:38 PM   #985
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So when I go to start this water change, What precautions should I take? I know I asked before but I forget lol first EVER water change with an overflow/sump so I'm a little nervous lol
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:45 PM   #986
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I shut down my system for the most part except for the circulation pumps that will stay submerged during the water change and when filling back up ill either pump the new water into the DT to the level it was at while shut down or (what I like to do) is fill up thru your sump by turning it back on and pumping water into it. It's easy for me since my mixing pump can almost match my return pump gallon for gallon. Everyone has their own techniques though and you'll develop your own variation over time that best suits your exact setup.

Edit* for instance when my return shuts off I need to shut off my skimmer because if not the water level rises causing it to fill the cup much quicker and if not caught in time what ever is in the cup will start pouring back into the tank.
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:58 PM   #987
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I shut down my system for the most part except for the circulation pumps that will stay submerged during the water change and when filling back up ill either pump the new water into the DT to the level it was at while shut down or (what I like to do) is fill up thru your sump by turning it back on and pumping water into it. It's easy for me since my mixing pump can almost match my return pump gallon for gallon. Everyone has their own techniques though and you'll develop your own variation over time that best suits your exact setup.

Edit* for instance when my return shuts off I need to shut off my skimmer because if not the water level rises causing it to fill the cup much quicker and if not caught in time what ever is in the cup will start pouring back into the tank.
Okay so just turn everything off and just go about the water change, then turn everything back on and bam, done?
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:59 PM   #988
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I put my fresh water onto my ato. Then I start removing water until it reaches the top my return pump. Let it fill up to the right level and repeat. I like the lazy man approach to it.
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Pretty much.. like I said just make sure you fill the tank to its "off" level and not its running level as that could be bad lol
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Ohh gotcha.. so shut it off, see where the water line winds up then refill to there
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