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Old 05-24-2011, 07:24 PM   #1
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Fishtank logistics

I have had 55 FOWLR for about 2 yrs now and as great as it is, the size does limit the kind of fish you can have. I have been looking into getting a bigger tank (125-180gal), but it won't be until I finish school and move out in about a yr to yr and a half.

The thing that worries me about having such a large tank is the logistics of it. When I change 10gal in my 55 it's a relatively simple thing, but how do u go about changing 25-40 gal of water every other week?
I was wondering if any of u with larger tanks could briefly describe how u go about caring for them and if they really are much more work?
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:29 PM   #2
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I used a python to get the water out and used a bucket brigade to get water in.

I put a pump in a bucket and just keep filling the bucket when it runs low.

ghetto but efficient
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well i got a 32G brute plastic trash can and i mix my saltwater in there and i have a pump with a vinyl tube on it and i pump the water out of the trash can back into the tank i will do this very same task on my 180G im building its fast and easier then carrying buckets lol
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I do the same as HackTeck use a 50 gallon barrel I got from a feed store,keep in in the garage with my ro/di unit.Mix the salt in it and then pump it through half inch plastic tubing to my sump while draining from top back corner of display tank through another piece of half inch tubing to the yard.Actually did a 50 % water change today which is 35 gallons for me,didn't take long at all.
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I do the same as HackTeck use a 50 gallon barrel I got from a feed store,keep in in the garage with my ro/di unit.Mix the salt in it and then pump it through half inch plastic tubing to my sump while draining from top back corner of display tank through another piece of half inch tubing to the yard.Actually did a 50 % water change today which is 35 gallons for me,didn't take long at all.
yea its super quick this way
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Old 05-24-2011, 08:22 PM   #6
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Oh ok yeah that sounds like it would go really quickly, doesn't sound as bad as I thought it would be. Any other things that are done different with a large tank?
Also do you guys buy ur salt in bulk? I can imagine it gets fairly expensive having to buy 30 gal worth of salt every 2 weeks.
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i plan on buying a 200G drum of salt i mix my own sw i have an ro unit where i run into my brute can but right now i just buy the 50G bags til im ready to start filling up this 180G
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I buy the bucket that is good to do 160 gallons,usually catch it on sale for $49.95.
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I buy the bucket that is good to do 160 gallons,usually catch it on sale for $49.95.
yea thats the one i ordered i ordered 2 of them drfostersmith has a 200G bucket for 49.99
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I buy the bucket that is good to do 160 gallons,usually catch it on sale for $49.95.
Oh ok that's not too bad then. I got some time to plan this lol. I figured I would start gathering stuff slowly.
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