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Old 01-01-2012, 02:09 PM   #11
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I do a day or two before just to sure everything mixes up and no salt crystals in the water column I just drop a power head in my bucket.
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Old 01-01-2012, 02:10 PM   #12
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Just buy a cheap pump 20 bucks it doesn't need to be powerfull at all.
I'm gonna give that a shot...seems like a much better way of doing it than when I've been doing
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Old 01-01-2012, 02:26 PM   #13
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I used to pour from a small bucket and found it to be a mess.

Since I don't have a sump my process has made my weekly chore much more rewarding.

I start by mixing salt in a 5 gal bucket of RO. I have a Rio power head I place in the bucket along with a small heater. 24 hours of mixing seems to do well.

I remove heater and attach a hose with a 90 degree fitting to the Rio.

After I vacuum my rock and sand as I collect my water, the only thing left to do is turn the Rio power head back on and watch the tank fill back up.

I do this weekly and find that splitting the chore into 2 days has made it much more pleasant.
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I've never found water changes to be a pain, per se - just dont like irritating zoas, polys and whatnot, making them all suck in until its done because I'm disrupting things dumping water in.

Pump idea is definitely gonna be worth a shot.
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Small power head short hose. Pump to your overflow or sump.
I do this but I let it go against the glass in the display tank. It takes no time at all to do a 5 or 10 gallon water change in a tank.
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Small power head short hose. Pump to your overflow or sump.
Agree that's what one 50 gallon drum in garage to tank never a mesd
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