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Old 03-08-2008, 02:41 PM   #1
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Evaporation / Topping Off / Water Changes 55gal

Hey guys - I am just curious what methods are recomended for doing the above mentioned tasks. I will tell you what I am doing right now and you guys tell me how to make my life easier.

I have a 55 gallon tank with 90lbs LR and a 20 gallon tank with 20lbs of LR. I have a Aqualife PC setup on my 55 and just a 35 watt florecent on the 20. I live the main lights on for about 8 hours and then leave the actnics on for about an hour or so in the evenings. When I go to bed I turn on the moon lights...

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The 20 gallon tank requires about 1/2gallon top off every 2 days. The 55 gallon requires a gallon top off every day or so. Right now I have 1 gallon jugs of ro/di water I use to top them off.

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I try to change 25% every two weeks but I know I will start to slack off if this doesnt get easier. Right now I fill up my 5 gallon buckets with ro/di water (1 gallon at a time) and then add in the salt. I then throw in a PH and a heater and let it mix up for 24 hours. The next day I drag the bucket over to the tank and get ANOTHER 5 gallon bucket. I siphon out the 5 gallons empty the jug into the yard and then go siphon out another 10 gallons. Then ANOTHER 5 gallons. Then I have to lift up the stupid 5 gallon bucket of new water and dump it in. Then the next bucket, then the final bucket. This takes me about 2 hours the first day and about 2 hours the second day. Which basically kills my weekend lol!!!

Is there a better way????
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Easies way, get a bigger trash bucket with wheels on it....makes things so much easier, plus you can use a ph to fill the tank back up.
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For water changes, I use a power head and a hose to pump sw from a 60 gallon mixing drum (on wheels) to the tank. The same PH for draining attached to a garden hose. I send the used sw down the drain, as yard plants will die from sw. To control the PH I plug it into a plug strip with a on off switch. I still lug around 5 gallon jugs for top offs.
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I agree with Scott. If you have the means to keep a 32gallon trash can with the wheeled base on it you will be a much happier person. I change 32 gallons of water out on my system every other week, it takes me an hour. I was doing the 5g bucket thing once upon a time and then I decied I wanted to have a back when I turn 50 so I spent $10 at walmart for a trashcan. I got the wheeled dolly from a friend and the trashcan sits right no it.
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Sorry I still do both the old fashion way, just like you are doing now.
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I got mine from lowes and bought the little wheels that screw in the bottom.
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Awesome advice guys.. I just have to figure out how to connect some hoses to a powerhead to pump water... (Maybe your talking about a different kind of pump? I have an extra PH I dont use in the tank...

Melosu - Did you go to OSU? Just curious - I just moved down here from Dayton a year ago... I go up to Richmond frequently to visit relatives.. Only a couple hours away...
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I just use my extra aqua clear ph.
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I have a 30gal rubbermaid tub that I have fresh RO/DI water in all of the time. I use that for top-offs and FW for mixing with salt. When I do a water change, I have another 30gal tub that I mix in next to the tank. I haul 5 gal buckets of water and dump them in the tub. Add salt and mix. Heat, and circulate for 24-48hrs then use a magdrive 7 pump to move it to the tank once I remove the old SW during a water change.
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I have a 45 gal Brute trash can with a MJ1200 connected to a JBJ-AT1 auto topoff controller for my top offs. That gets filled about every 3 weeks. I have a 30 gallon tank that I fill with RODI water and mix in my salt (heater and ph in the tank). I use the ph inthe tank to pump water to the main tank when it's mixed and aerated.
I use a python to the kitchen faucet to empty the 20 gallons I change out.
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