Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 09-04-2006, 01:15 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 56
Dumb ???: Water Changes - in what do you keep the water?

I have kept three freshwater tanks for a number of years. I'm finally going to take the plunge into Saltwater. I've been researching for a couple months and taking notes, but no where have I seen anyone answer this very simple question...

When changing the water in the tank, you should prepare the new saltwater at least 24 hours in advance. In what do you keep that water before you put it in the tank????? For example, say you have a 150g set-up. A 10% water change would be 15 gallons. Do you keep a bunch of buckets filled with saltwater until it's ready to be put in the tank? How do you assure it's at the proper temperature before putting it in, etc. if it's in multiple buckets?
__________________

__________________
YourPalCM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2006, 03:47 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Spokane, WA
Posts: 732
I just use 5 gal buckets. You can go to wal-mart and get a big rubbermaid tub and use it instead if that is easier for you. You should use a PH and a heater to mix the water to get proper gas exchange. You can get a heater to get the water up to the right temp to match your tank.
__________________

__________________
ntswift is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2006, 09:42 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 295
Many guys just use a large Rubbermaid (or other) plastic can of appropiate gallonage and a wheeled cast beneath it so that its easy to roll from one room to another. Use a small pump to pump water out of the pail and into the tank.

Lifting heavy pails will hurt your back eventually and spilling the new SW is always a good thing to avoid.
__________________
46 gal FOWLR
11lb Live Rock - 40lb Live Sand
ProClear Pro 75 - LR rubble & skimmer in sump
AC 300 HOB
AC 402 Powerhead - AC 301 Powerhead
Charlie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2006, 12:32 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
lando's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Savage, MN
Posts: 7,889
I use a 25gal rubbermaid tub. Throw in a heater, powerhead and airstone for a day or so.
__________________
Some people are like slinkies...they serve no real purpose yet can still bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs!:p
Have a great day! Brian
lando is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2006, 02:06 PM   #5
AA Team Emeritus
 
roka64's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 13,860
Send a message via AIM to roka64 Send a message via Yahoo to roka64
I use a generic big bucket. Put it in the tub on Friday, add a heater and ph, mix the salt and let it run for the weekend. I have a dolley that I wheel the bucket out in and use the old SW to clean out my filter.
__________________
Age is relative, you are only as old as you act....of course, this works in reverse....

Questions loved, heeded advice greatly appreciated!

Vote for AA
Good reading about:
Nitrogen Cycle
Fishless Cycling
Need more help?
Articles
Acronym List

--Scott
roka64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2006, 04:01 PM   #6
AA Team Emeritus
 
Devilishturtles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Frederick, Maryland
Posts: 8,544
Send a message via Yahoo to Devilishturtles
I use an 18 gallon Rubbermaid tub (29 gallon tank).
__________________
-Lindsay

Live in the Western MD/West Virginia/DC Metro Area?
Join our very active regional forum Here

Like the advice someone just gave you? Add to their reputation! Click on the balance icon underneath their username and let them know.
Devilishturtles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2006, 06:43 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 56
Perfect. Everything you all said is quite logical. I can't believe I didn't see that written anywhere else. Thank goodness for forums.
__________________
YourPalCM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2006, 01:27 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Downers Grove, IL
Posts: 72
Send a message via AIM to mnestroy
I have a rubermade tub in my garage that I ran my RO water line to and I have an float switch attached so the tub is always at the fullest level....

I have a 1" flex tube and I just start a spihin and in 5 seconds a 5 gallon bucket is filled...then just carry it into house and dump... (3trips and i'm done)... be careful starting a sphin on a 1" hose with salt water, <yuuuuuuk>

Then i throw some more salt back in the tub and let it go till next week.

btw: i have a powerhead/heater in that tub..

You can be creative as possible... I was and still might... rig up a way so I can remove old water from the tank and not even have to carry it to my toliet/sink in buckets (i was going run a line right into my sewage line in my crawl space...

Then to fill put a powerhead and a hose...

PS. one thing others have mentioned is whatever container you use, dont keep it with a closed lit, the lack of air (o2) will cause PH problems
__________________
mnestroy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2006, 11:19 AM   #9
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,244
I make mine in 5 gallon buckets
__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2006, 11:51 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 13
I have what for me is an even easier system. I got a plastic rubber maid garbage can that I mix everything up in. The can sits next to the tank during the mix process. I got a special "drinking water" safe 50" garden type hose. The hose hooks up to my water supply a couple of rooms away. Then the same heater, powerhead method for 24 hours to get everything stable. For the water change, the powerhead then pumps right from the garbage can into my tank. This way I don't have to move any containers of water or lift anything. Between water changes all the equipment fits in the garbage can which goes in the closet.
__________________

__________________
hpross is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
water changes

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Distilled Water + Tap Water for Bolivian Rams Breeding? BolivianRams Freshwater & Brackish - Breeding 27 08-26-2009 10:56 AM
Bacteria bloom (white cloudy water) in water change tub? 20 20 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 1 01-16-2006 02:44 PM
Max Time Keeping Marine Water in Water/Air Tight Drums flanque General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 0 03-28-2005 03:25 AM
Brita filtered water: Ph 7, softens water, remove bad stuff Blucat Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 7 03-21-2005 10:12 PM
QT water, should I use fresh slat water or old tank water? MadManMac Saltwater Reef Aquaria 1 12-27-2004 09:13 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:44 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.