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 A  lot  of  guys  of  tnis  forum  have  multiple  tanks.  How  do  you  guys  perform  water  changes.
 Some  tips  would  be  highly  appreciated.
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 Hi  Sandheep,
 
 I  have  seen  setups  in  a  LFS  with  inlet  pipes  and  outlet  pipes  for  all  their  tanks....    they  switch  on  two  motors  simultaneously  and  water  if  pulled  through  the  outlet  and  the  fresh  water  is  added  through  the  inlet....  painless  WCs    Smile  
 
 But  I  donno  how  far  it  is  reliable.....
 
 we  can't  move  the  tanks.....and  those  tanks  were  bare  bottoms....  so  easy  to  maintiain.....
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 Gokul,
 why  do  you  want  to  move  a  tank?
 I  have  a  2'>    giant  gorami  with  me  and  it  is  housed  in  a  tank  of  8'  X  1.75'  x  1.75'  since  last  9  years  It  was  in  a  2'  tank  when  small  and  had  to  be  shifted  the  the  above  tank  -  that  was  the  only  time  I  took  it  out  of  the  water  and  have  never  emptied  the  tank  -  never  needed  to  Thumb Up  
 Partial  water  changes  is  the  mantra  to  healthy  fish-keeping  and  a  good  gravel  vac.  is  the  mantra  to  quality  water  changes.
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 Aquaspaces.....
 
 I  didn't  mean  to  move  the  tank....
 
 I  just  mentioned  that  moving  the  tank  might  be  disadvantageous  in  the  setup  I  mentioned  above....    Very Happy
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 Sorry,  if  only  I  could  read  between  lines  I  would  have  been  a  lawyer  Chuckle
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 Are  you  talking  about  the  frequency  or  the  method  of  changing  water?
 
 If  the  former,  it  depends  on  a  number  of  factors...  I've  had  tanks  that  got  water  changes  once  a  month  and  I've  had  tanks  that  got  water  changes  daily.
 
 If  the  latter,  it  depends  on  the  location  of  the  tank.  If  it  is  near  a  tap/drain,  a  garden  hose  works  wonders  if  not,  a  bucket  is  the  ticket.  I  currently  don't  have  access  to  a  convenient  drain  and  haul  buckets  every  night  Wink
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 Then  you  don't  need  to  workout  at  the  Gym.  in  the  morning  Chuckle
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 i  have  3  tanks......
 
 Devil  tank  -  Saturday
 Tetra  tank  -  Sunday
 Discus  tank  -  daily    Surprised  
 
 the  routine  follows.......
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 I  have  25  of  them  just  imagine  if  I  were  to  carry  buckets  like  retro  I'll    Wall Bang    Drinking
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aquascapes  wrote:                
I  have  25  of  them  just  imagine  if  I  were  to  carry  buckets  like  retro  I'll    Wall Bang    Drinking                

 Then  how  do  yu  do  it  and  at  what  frequency?
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 Most  of  them  daily  Surprised    some  of  them  weekly  Thumb Up    and  some  monthly    Thumbs Up(The  6  ponds  are  not  counted  here  and  need  attention  Bi-monthly  Sad  )  
 I  am  talking  about  only  the  fresh  water  ones  the  marines  are  a  different  subject  -  imagine  storing  the  water  for  a  future  WC  and  keeping  a  quarantine  tank  in  pristine  condition  Help  
 But,  I  love  doing  it    Rock On
 It  gives  me  immense  pleasure  to  think  that  these  little  fellows  are  dependant  upon  me  for  their  life  and  I'm  rewarded  with  a  lot  of  babies  Cheer  
 believe  me  if  you  are  hooked  on  to  breeding  fish  -  you  will  not  mind  the  WC  Chuckle  
 regards  and  happy  fishkeeping
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 Thanks  everybody.  Everyone  has  answered  "when"  of  w/c.  It  is  "how"  I  am  more  interested.  And  as  such  I  am  giving  specific  questions.
 (1)  Do  you  store  water?,  age  it?
 (2)  How  do  you  take  water  out,  syphon?,  small  tumbler?.
 (3)  How  do  you  match  temp?
 (4)  How  do  you  get  the  water  in,  pump  it?,  small  tumbler?
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sandeepraghuvanshi  wrote:                
(1)  Do  you  store  water?,  age  it?                

 I  store  the  water  for  atleast  a  week  in  buckets  before  WC.....
 
                                                 
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(2)  How  do  you  take  water  out,  syphon?,  small  tumbler?                

 OMG.....  Surprised    When  would  I  finish,  if  I  use  a  tumbler.....  I  syphon  out  buckets  of  water  and  replace  the  same  quantity  into  the  tank  with  the  stored  water...
 
                                                 
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(3)  How  do  you  match  temp?                
Since  my  storage  is  inside  the  house,  the  water  would  be  in  room  temperature  and  there  would  not  be  much  variations....
 
                                                 
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(4)  How  do  you  get  the  water  in,  pump  it?,  small  tumbler?                  

 Thats  the  difficult  part  of  every  WC  for  me...  I  use  a  big  aluminium  mug  to  get  water  into  the  tank....  would  be  glad  if  I  could  get  a  small  pump  to  pump  water  into  it  without  pain....    Very Happy
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 Sandeep  sorry  if  I  did  not  register  your  question  properly  but,  I  think  Gokul  has  answered  the  questions  perfectly  I'm  lucky  on  the  last  point  because  I  have  planned  a  overhead  storage  tank  and  can  just  join  a  pipe  attached  to  a  tank  filler  (I  don't  know  if  you  are  aware  of  the  u  shaped  pvc  pipe  with  a  check  valve  which  just  has  to  be  hanged  on  the  tank-I  think  I  got  it  from  Bangkok)  -  but  is  very  easy  to  make  tell  me  it  you  are  interested  and  I'll  explain  the  simple  assembly  Very Happy  
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 and  yes  I  don't  have  the  facility  of  storing  the  water  for  a  week  as  My  over  head  tank  is  only  800  litres  and  sometimes  I  have  to  use  all  of  that  -  I  envy  Gokul  there  Chuckle
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 Hi  Sandeep  
 
 (1)  Do  you  store  water?,  age  it?  
 Yes  I  do.  But  just  for  24hrs  or  so.
 
 (2)  How  do  you  take  water  out,  syphon?,  small  tumbler?.  
 Siphon,  ofcourse  Smile
 
 (3)  How  do  you  match  temp?  
 I  dont  really  care  about  that.  May  be  it  matters  -  but  thankfully  I  have  not  had  any  problems  due  to  it.  Yes,  unless  we  are  not  talking  about  the  Bettas  -  I  think  they  are  more  sensitive  to  temperature  changes  than  any  other  fish  that  I  know  of.  A  betta  in  a  community  setup  would  be  a  different  matter  altogether.
 
 (4)  How  do  you  get  the  water  in,  pump  it?,  small  tumbler?
 A  large  plastic  jug.  I  too  wish  I  had  some  pump  to  do  the  job  for  me.
 
 Hope  it  helped.
 
 Regards
 
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