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Old 09-17-2004, 01:39 AM   #1
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Two vaguely connected questions about water changes

1. I mix my SW in a big ol' rubbermaid container with a powerhead then store it in 6 gallon water jugs. How long should I aerate before adding to the tank, and can I use an airstone instead of a ph? The airstone fits into the jug but the ph doesn't. (And yep, I do check the salinity right before adding. )

2. This is, no doubt, a really dumb question and I know I will be dope-slapping myself as soon as I get an answer. But I've often seen people saying they transfer water to their tank/sump using a ph. Okay, I don't get it. How? 'Cause mine just suck water in and spit it out 2 inches away and that wouldn't do much good. Attach tubing to the return? I know I'm missing the obvious!
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Old 09-17-2004, 02:15 AM   #2
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1. Overnight maybe? I mix a day ahead so I've never experimented with storing it. I would imagine an airstone would be fine to keep the water moving.

2. This one's easy. Place the jug on a nearby table, take careful aim, plug it in and fire away! With a strong PH you can easily get water into a tank 10 feet away. But really, just a piece of tubing attached to the output will take care of it.
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Old 09-17-2004, 02:27 AM   #3
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Okay, tubing! That's what I was thinking but I wondered if I were missing something really obvious. I guess just making it harder than I needed to! Thanks again, Indy. (You always answer my dumb questions.)
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Euroreef ES5-3
2x Maxijet powerheads
Mag drive 9 return
Coralife 4x65 Lunar Aqualight
120 lbs rock from liverocks.com
1 peppermint shrimp and 1 fire shrimp (very shy)
2 black Ocellaris, Squish and Smudge
3 chromis, too identical to name as yet, in QT
10-gallon tropical
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Old 09-17-2004, 11:44 AM   #4
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If just using an airstone for the water, be sure you also test the pH of the water before use. Since it should be stored covered, there may not be enough O2 in the water to keep pH where it should be. You might also want to look into a bubble wand and stronger air pump as apposed to an airstone. You'll get much better water rotation and aeration. FWIW, the rubbermaid bin can be used to store the water just as easily providing you have the room and it can be protected from airborne contaminates.

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Old 09-17-2004, 12:36 PM   #5
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Thanks, steve-s. I hadn't thought about the pH. My pH runs lowish anyway so I really do need to watch it. I could easily pop a bubblewand in there. I have to store the water in my carpeted bedroom closet--what a thrill--so I have to use the jugs for space and reducing spills. I envy all the folks who talk about the "fish rooms" they have for mixing and storage!
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Coralife 4x65 Lunar Aqualight
120 lbs rock from liverocks.com
1 peppermint shrimp and 1 fire shrimp (very shy)
2 black Ocellaris, Squish and Smudge
3 chromis, too identical to name as yet, in QT
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