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Old 01-14-2006, 12:18 AM   #11
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If you're making your own water, maybe you could have your husband fill a 33-gallon trash can for you and condition it or use ro water and add your salt, whatever you do, then have an empty can sitting near the tank. You only need to change about 17 gallons (20%). I'd keep the lids so that you can cover them to keep them clean so you can make your water change at your leisure. If you're changing water, say once a month, you could just siphon out your water into the empty can and maybe use a pump with tubing to put the new water into the tank from the new water can. Then your husband, who I'm sure is wonderful and understanding, can dispose of the old water for you. You could also cut the top of a one-gallon water jug and just dip the new water from the can into the tank, one slow scoop at a time.... can you tell I have a bad back? I'm not sure how much a gallon of water weighs, but you could move as little water as need be at a time so as to not lift too much.

If you're picking up water from the lfs, just have hubby pick it up for you and put near the tank, maybe dump it all into a trash can so you can dip it a little at a time.

This is basically what I do, I have trash cans with wheels, so I can just wheel them back out to where I keep them. I marked the outside of my cans so that I know how much to fill it up without guessing.
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Old 01-14-2006, 12:33 AM   #12
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I have a 55g and I do a water change of like 3 gallons every week
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Old 01-14-2006, 01:35 PM   #13
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natman, I can not lift more than 5 lbs at any time. I wrecked my dirtbike riding trails and hit a tree... its not good.
Ouch, hope that gets better. As far as the water changes, you don't need to lift if you can get someone to move the pails from point A to point B. Use high velicity powerheads. Siphoning water out will employ gravity but putting it back will require a powerhead attached to a hose. Would take a wee bit longer but save your back any aggravation.

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Heh I just did my water change from the basement.. I know all too well how heavy water can be with a bad body..
I just went to the extra expense, got a 33g trashcan, mixed up the water in it with a heater/powerhead.. dropped a mag7 in it with 30 ft of tubing attached to it and pumped the water upstairs hehe.
Lots more cost, LOTS less work..
(of course, I had to change out about 20% of my water..bout 20g..that's alot of gallon jugs and up/down stairs)
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I have a beginner question?Are pwc.s performed with Water that has been purified?
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Old 01-14-2006, 02:33 PM   #16
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This is a follow up on my prior question.Do most of you have an RO/OM unit?And is that something that should be considered as an initial investment prior to the start of even begininng?
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But not always needed. But for $100 off ebay, I'd get one.
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JPloman, I am sorry for your tragic accident. I do hope you recover quick and like brand new.

I see that you have a refugium. That would help a lot on your nitrates. If you can't do water changes, I do hope your husband can do it for you. Take care.
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If they are not needed then what is? What can be used. If you go to LFS you`ll probably get RO/DI anyway.
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