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Old 03-24-2009, 11:31 PM   #1
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Proper water changin?

this may sound stupid but being new to this Im wondering what the proper way to change tank water is withoug making a mess and cloudy tank? do you dip it out or siphon it out? and pour it in or what? this is my fisrt tank sence I was a kid and fist SW. thanks for you help

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For me, I siphon it out... taking the opportunity to suck gunk off the rock, do a little sand vacuuming, sucking up bubble algae, etc.

I then pump it back in from a bucket using a MaxiJet powerhead and some tubing. No clouds, no mess.

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I do the same sort of way to get it out, but I just put the new water in my sump and turn the return pump back on.
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I put the bucket as close to the water as i could, then would put my hand over the streem to defelect the full force of the water hitting surface.. now i just add it to my sump
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I siphon it out and use a big cup to dip it out the 5 gallon buckets that I make My SW in.
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I put a 32 gal plastic garbage can on a chair w/ wheels. siphon about 15 gals. out of the tank. wheel chair to sink and pump out. rinse can and fill to mark w/ ro/di from other 32 gal can, roll to tank area, mix in Instant O to spec and pump back into tank.Total time appx. 3/4 hr.
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I use (2) 45 gallon brute garbage containers on wheels. I fill one garbage container with RO/DI water and then add the salt. With in the garbage container is a thermometer and power head. I usually let my water mix for 24 hours. I then use a pump with tubing and suck water from the tank to the other empty garbage container I then wheel over my mixed sw and add it to the tank.

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