Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - 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 10-26-2011, 05:10 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Crestview, FL
Posts: 76
Easiest way to do PWC in 10 gal cycling tank?

In the cycling process with both my 10 gallon tanks and was wondering the easiest safest way to do PWC? I am using a siphon and emptying the tank water into empty 1 gal water bottles so I know what percent I am taking out and able to put the conditioner into the bottled tap water prior to adding. Is that the right way? I am just really nervous about adding the water and then treating it moments later. Wouldn't the chlorine kill the bacteria I am growing?
__________________

__________________
Jadedrain_06 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2011, 05:13 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
davePM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Lincoln
Posts: 263
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jadedrain_06 View Post
In the cycling process with both my 10 gallon tanks and was wondering the easiest safest way to do PWC? I am using a siphon and emptying the tank water into empty 1 gal water bottles so I know what percent I am taking out and able to put the conditioner into the bottled tap water prior to adding. Is that the right way? I am just really nervous about adding the water and then treating it moments later. Wouldn't the chlorine kill the bacteria I am growing?
as long as you add the water conditioner (preferably PRIME) before you add the water to the tank, then you will have neutralized the chlorine before it gets into your tank.
__________________

__________________
davePM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2011, 05:16 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Link119's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 334
I dont see why it wont work. The conditioner kills the chlorine so if you let the water sit in the jug for a few hours to let the chlorine die and the temperature to rise to the tanks.
__________________
10 Gallon Planted
Link119 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2011, 05:34 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Crestview, FL
Posts: 76
I am so new to this its amazing how complex the simplest things can be lol. So I can't empty water from the tank, fill the gallons back up with tap, put in Prime and add it to the tank right after? Please forgive me ignorance I just don't want to take a chance of killing the bacteria by doing it the wrong way. I thought the conditioners took the chlorine out instantly?
__________________
Jadedrain_06 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2011, 05:37 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
davePM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Lincoln
Posts: 263
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jadedrain_06 View Post
I am so new to this its amazing how complex the simplest things can be lol. So I can't empty water from the tank, fill the gallons back up with tap, put in Prime and add it to the tank right after? Please forgive me ignorance I just don't want to take a chance of killing the bacteria by doing it the wrong way. I thought the conditioners took the chlorine out instantly?
thats exactly what you do.

I siphon mine into a 25L bucket, refill bucket with fresh water, add PRIME, add to tank. (obviously match the temperature too!)
__________________
davePM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2011, 05:50 PM   #6
come get me tang police!
 
jetajockey's Avatar


 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: In a swamp near you /Pensacola, FL
Posts: 12,047
I siphon, add conditioner, and then refill directly from the tap, so however you do it will be fine, it works instantly.
__________________
Dont Forget to Join my FREE weekly Plant Giveaway.
Click Here!
jetajockey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2011, 05:56 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Phranque's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Miamisburg, OH
Posts: 1,443
A much easier way of doing things is take a white/opaque 5gal bucket, add 1 (or half) gallon at a time, and use a sharpie to mark graduations on the side.... or just go buy one of these:
Shop Encore Plastics 5 Gallon EZ Grip Mix N' Measure Pail at Lowes.com

I use one of these since I blend RO/DI water with pre-filtered water to maintain specific GH/KH levels.


As far as adding your conditioner, do you know if your water district uses chlorine or chloromine in your tap water?? Chlorine is very unstable and will out-gas fairly quickly, whereas chloromine is much more stable. The reason I ask is when you add your conditioner, if you don't know which you have, you should let the water sit for 10-15 minutes in case you have chloromine, since conditioners can take a little longer to neutralize it. If you're doing small pwc's, it likely won't matter at all, but if you do a large change..... It may not make a hill of beans to some people, but I believe in a safety factor.
__________________

__________________
Phranque is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
cycling, cycling tank, pwc, tan

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
Cycling a new tank help Steo the great Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 163 10-01-2011 03:25 AM
Tank Done Cycling? cichlid.lover Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 21 08-29-2011 10:01 PM
starting a 20 gallon fowlr tank PLEASE HELP volcomkrew4life Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 2 08-08-2011 10:19 PM
Log for cycling my new tank. zparticle Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 146 07-13-2011 03:34 PM
Ok to take out seed gravel from tank during cycling process? shynepo3 Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 1 06-23-2011 06:15 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:22 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.