Massive aquarium water change.. I am worn out !

leafwatcher(zone 5)July 18, 2014

Well it was time,
I pumped half of the water out of my 240 and filtration system up to a garbage can and carried water all over the yard in buckets...

Everything got a good taste of fish today !

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hostatakeover swMO(6a)

Geeezz, you must have a strong back. Now that's love! Hopefully your plants will thank you by sprouting a new flush.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 5:38PM
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jimr66

Leafwatcher :
I have 4 tanks (150, 90, 2X25)

You NEED a Python water changing system.

I clean all 4 tanks once a week (30% water change) in about an hour and a bit....No buckets ever.....

It is well worth the 50 dollar investment

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 6:47PM
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bernd ny zone5

I understand your efforts were monumental. I had our 7 goldfish in my only 55 gal aquarium in the basement over winter. In summer fish were outside. I gave up on that lugging of buckets upstairs, left fish outside over winter. Bernd

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 6:59PM
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almosthooked

I have 6 goldfish I have had for 4 yrs now and use the shop vac to suck out the water from the pond they are in ouside. I use it to water some of my hosta because of the fishy doo is good for them. Have to be careful not to suck them up but they are considerably bigger now then the feeder fish they were at first. I leave them out in the winter too with a stock heater to keep the water from freezing over. Only froze over once when the other heater died but fish were okay. Sometimes think I should turn them loose in our neighbor's koi pond the size of an Olympic pool . They would probably be much happier there although they never complained yet

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 7:12PM
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trudy_gw

Hostas and your other plants are going to enjoy the added benefit of the fish water. Nice mid summer snack!

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 8:15PM
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leafwatcher(zone 5)

I think my system is a LITTLE better than some of you think ;)
I pump the water from the basement up to a big garbage can outside.. then the work begins. I dip a big bucket in to that and carry it all around the yard and water. I do think the plants like it ;)

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 9:29PM
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esther_b

I was going to suggest the Python vacuum system, but I see someone here beat me to it. Sure beats the heck out of schlepping buckets of water!

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 11:07PM
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bernd ny zone5

Schlepping is the right word. As we get older, all schlepping is verboten!
Bernd

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 11:54AM
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leafwatcher(zone 5)

schlepping is to carrying , what slogging is to slow forward movement ;)

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 7:17PM
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pagrdnr

It would be great to see a pic of your tank!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 11:35PM
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hostatakeover swMO(6a)

I 2nd that. :)

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 11:00AM
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leafwatcher(zone 5)

The fish always hide when you try to get a picture and adjust the lights.. I have a bunch of Clown loaches in there, and some nice plecostumus. There are a few big silver dollars around as well. It used to be a Malawi Cichlid colony with about 200 fish in there breeding and chasing each other all the time.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 12:24PM
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santamiller(8b TX)

I do a 100 gallon water change on my planted tank every other week. I have less than 20 hostas, all potted, so I just siphon into a 5 gallon bucket and make a few trips to water them and a few other plants. Most of my water I get rid of using a Maxi-Jet 1200 hooked to a garden hose that runs straight from the tank out to under a big live oak. Since you use all of your water and if the distance is within reason for a hose you might give that a thought as an easier way to water your plants.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 1:58PM
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