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Old 04-18-2012, 08:14 PM   #1
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How do You Preform Your PWC's?

Just finished a 90% PWC on my 29 gallon. I got to wondering how does everyone else preform them. Do you have a siphon and do it the 'high tech' way or are you 'old school' and use the bucket and cup method? Personally, I go old school with a 2 gallon old trash can, and a plastic drink cup from the gas station. Both of which are clean!
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:30 PM   #2
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On my smaller tanks I use a small bucket and empty it into a 5g bucket and then dump. I then use the same small container to refill the tank.

Now when i do my big tanks i use a pump dropped in the tank and run the out put to the sink. i then run that same pump and hose and put it in my water storage containers that are 32g each and pump right back to the tank.
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Python for my 75g. 15 minutes and I'm done. Did you say 90% wc? That seems like a lot IMO. Were your parameters way off? Most I've done was a 70% when NitrAtes were high. Other then that it's weekly 25% WC's for me.
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:33 PM   #4
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Python for my 75g. 15 minutes and I'm done. Did you say 90% wc? That seems like a lot IMO. Were your parameters way off? Most I've done was a 70% when NitrAtes were high. Other then that it's weekly 25% WC's for me.
I'm doing a fish less cycle. My nitrites were off the chart.
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Ahhh.... Makes sense then. Good luck with your cycle.
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Ahhh.... Makes sense then. Good luck with your cycle.
Thanks. I've been very tempted to add a few fish to speed up the cycle. Any thoughts? Btw, it's been fish-less cycling since march 25.
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Thanks. I've been very tempted to add a few fish to speed up the cycle. Any thoughts? Btw, it's been fish-less cycling since march 25.
I did a fish in cycle. I've read of people dosing ammonia or using fish food. Hopefully someone with more experience can help. I just added fish and did massive water changes daily for weeks. Crazy? Maybe but it's been done before me and will continue.
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Old 04-18-2012, 10:48 PM   #8
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i take a syphon thingy and a 5 gallon bucket,and try not to spill too much when i take it outside(while astro,my dog,trys to dart around my legs and chase bunnies into the highway)
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I use the old vacuum syphon technique on all my tanks into a 10 gallon cooler. I always have 12g of water set aside as well so I don't have to wait for it to reach room temp.
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Syphon and (3) 5 gallon Buckets. For 2 of my tank I drain it out the window. For my Hex tank I have to empty one bucket at a time.

I do plan on investing in a Python or devise a Pump system as I get my 75's up and running.
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