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Old 04-03-2006, 05:14 PM   #11
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Nice, I will buy a longer tube to run from my RO/DI straight to the tank for top offs! Thanks.

I was just using the guest bathroom sink / toilet to dump the old water into. The tank is in our upstairs near the guest bath. I have only been using a dedicated bucket to add water to the tank.

Due to the location being upstairs, all carpeted, with bedrooms / bathrooms, there really isn't anywhere to store a trash can to keep full. This is an excellent idea too and wish I can find a way to do it. It sucks mixing individual buckets every week when I could have one big master container that lasts a while. This is the only good location for our tank so that it isn't located on an Outside wall (I hear this is very bad for tanks to maintain a constant temp).
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Another option is to buy a 15-20 gal plastic trashcan so you can mix it all at once and just transfer water from that to your 5 gal bucket using a pitcher. While still heavy it’s a little more manageable and can be hid more easily.

Keeping your tank on an outside wall usually doesn’t affect temp that much as long as it’s insulated. The main thing is to avoid keeping it near windows that get frequent sunlight due to the excessive algae build up it can cause.

For maintaining temp the use of one or two heaters (5W per gal) is recommended and set it for the max temp during the day so it doesn’t fluctuate at night. I keep my tank around 78-79 but anywhere from 75-82 is OK. Main thing is to keep it steady and to not let it fluctuate more then 2 degrees at any time if possible and if you need to raise it only do so 1 degree per 4 hours.

For heaters I like the titanium heaters from WON Pro-Heat & Via Aqua.
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Old 04-03-2006, 07:58 PM   #13
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I'm going to make a trip to the store to look at those trashcans to get an idea of size. I may be able to store something in one of the other bathroom's linen closets. Is it safe to keep something in a closet with the electrical for the heater and powerhead running in there?

Thanks tecwzrd, going to bookmark those links! I'll look around the house to see if there is a better spot.....although I am not anxious to go through all the work to move it. hahahaha.
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Old 04-03-2006, 09:24 PM   #14
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Your plan will definitely work. I have had that setup for a while. I have the waste water plumbed into the sewer. My WC tank is in the garage so I have a 50 ft hose that I just pull in the house for WC's. One thing to consider is I keep a pump running 24/7 pulling water from the bottom of the tank and pumping it to the top. The hose at the top is about 12" from the water level so it is constantly breaking the water surface and keeping the water oxygenated. I do not run heaters until 24 hours before my WC. I do not measure the water I dump since my tank is 300 gallons and I normally do 200 gallon WC's. A WC only takes me about 15 minutes and that is only because I am waiting on the water to pump back into the tank. PS. Do not keep your WC container sealed unless you oxygenate the water for at least 24 hrs prior to WC.
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Brenden nailed it with the surface agitation and going coverless. As far as heating I personally always have the water heated at all times only because I like the fact that I can do a 50+% pwc at any time if a couple of snails die on me and cause a slight nh3 spike which has happened.

Of course heating 24 hours prior to using is fine as well and probably a little safer. I do keep my heater on top of base rock to keep the heater from possibly melting my plastic trashcan and I always use GFCI for safety.
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