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Old 11-10-2011, 09:51 AM   #11
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Yeah, I'm just trying to make my water changes easier. I thought swings in pH were bad.
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Old 11-10-2011, 10:05 AM   #12
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Water quality is essential, there is no way around it. What I recommend is to start with small water changes from the tap (like 10-20%). Do this a couple times (even if it is every 3-4 days). See how they take to it. If all goes well increase the size of the water change by 5-10% each water change until you reach the size water change needed to keep the nitrate under 20ppm before your weekly water change.
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Old 11-10-2011, 01:53 PM   #13
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I'm still interested in anyone's experiences with the Aquarium Cleaning Machine. Thanks!
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Old 11-10-2011, 01:54 PM   #14
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pH swings are bad. Have you considered a barrel, a python, and a high lift pump? I think you could do it for less than $200 and still save your back.
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We don't even know there is a pH swing issue in this situation. We need to check first.

I have never even heard of that overpriced waste of time. You CANNOT replace water changes. I own a company that does aquarium maintenance and I have not even heard of that thing. Water changes, water changes, water changes, water changes.
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:15 PM   #16
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You're missing my point entirely. But thanks anyway.
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:20 PM   #17
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Your point is 'is it worth it/does it work?'. As you can see no one has used it and even if they had it doesn't replace essential water changes.

Have you tested your tap to make sure you even need to worry about it? This entire situation may not even matter.
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:27 PM   #18
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I never said I wanted to replace doing water changes. I just would rather not have to tote 5 gallon buckets up a ladder to do so. I choose to use my natural well water to avoid instability in pH. And I don't think the sodium is much good for the fish either. If you don't agree that is your prerogative. I like the idea of a power siphon to perform water changes water changes water changes! Is that so wrong???
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Have you verified that there even would be instability with the pH? Like I said, I and MANY others use tap water from a well without any issues at all, are you even sure you would have issues or is all this effort pointless? Just double check that it is even a problem.

I would just buy a water pump. I use them to power drain tanks all the time. They would also be good to fill from a container. They would run $50-100 depending on which size you need.
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:49 PM   #20
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Thanks very much for the info. I will look into that.
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