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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 10:59 am Post subject: Winter Water Changes - Need to Know Reply with quote

 Hi!   Smile  
 
   I  was  filling  my  30  gallon  live  bearer  tank  today  after  a  routine  weekly  water  change  and  the  sudden  coldness  of  the  tap  water  got  me  a  tad  worried.  The  water  where  I  stay  will  only  get  colder  now  as  winter  sets  in  so  I  was  pondering  with  this  idea:
 
   Getting  a  large  50  liter  drum  and  filling  it  with  tap  water  the  night  before  I  do  my  water  changes.  Placing  a  (??  W)  thermostat  heater  and  some  aeration  in  the  drum.  Before  I  fill  water  into  my  fish  tank  the  water  in  the  drum  would  be  much  warmer  and  won't  necessarily  shock  my  fishes.  I  would  use  a  powerhead  (1000L/H,  20  W)  for  pulling  the  water  from  the  drum  into  my  fish  tank  with  a  hose.  
 
   Thought  this  idea  is  better  to  prevent  my  fishes  getting  the  low-temp  shock?  I  have  3  X  30  gallon  tanks  so  would  be  pretty  nice  if  it  works!   Very Happy  
 
 Also,  it  would  be  nice  to  know  how  you  guys  carry  out  your  water  changes  in  winter  in  your  30  gallon  and  larger  tanks.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 12:41 pm Post subject: Re: Winter Water Changes - Need to Know Reply with quote

 I  did  the  same  thing  in  winter,  when  I  had  got  a  batch  of  discus  from  Shiva  in  October  last  year.  I  had  a  heater  in  the  4  x  2  x  2  tank  in  whcih  the  fish  were  housed  and  a  200  litre  plastic  drum  in  which  another  heater  with  same  temp  settings  as  the  main  tank  was  used.  The  drum  was  filled  with  water  the  previous  day  and  aerated  and  warmed.  Next  morning  after  siphoning  out  water  after  feeding,  from  the  main  tank,  I  would  pump  in  water  from  the  barrel  using  a  high  capacity  pump  the  same  as  you.  However  the  whole  process  left  a  huge  hole  in  the  pocket  by  way  of  electric  bills  which  ran  inot  4  figures  just  for  a  couple  of  heaters,  lighting,  an  air  pump  and  a  rio  submersible  filter  (for  a  cichld  tank  )  running  24  hrs.      Chuckle  Am  wondering  if  I  should  insulate  the  tank  this  winter  using  thermocol  sheets  attached  to  the  sides  and  back.  Might  bring  about  some  saving  in  energy  bills  though  heat  would  still  escape  from  the  front  and  top.  The  weather  man  forecasts  a   more  severe  winter  this  year..
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 1:50 pm Post subject: Re: Winter Water Changes - Need to Know Reply with quote

 thats  a  very  valid  point  u  raised  there  tintin...
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 2:44 pm Post subject: Re: Winter Water Changes - Need to Know Reply with quote

                                                   
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I  did  the  same  thing  in  winter,  when  I  had  got  a  batch  of  discus  from  Shiva  in  October  last  year.  I  had  a  heater  in  the  4  x  2  x  2  tank  in  whcih  the  fish  were  housed  and  a  200  litre  plastic  drum  in  which  another  heater  with  same  temp  settings  as  the  main  tank  was  used.  The  drum  was  filled  with  water  the  previous  day  and  aerated  and  warmed.  Next  morning  after  siphoning  out  water  after  feeding,  from  the  main  tank,  I  would  pump  in  water  from  the  barrel  using  a  high  capacity  pump  the  same  as  you.  However  the  whole  process  left  a  huge  hole  in  the  pocket  by  way  of  electric  bills  which  ran  inot  4  figures  just  for  a  couple  of  heaters,  lighting,  an  air  pump  and  a  rio  submersible  filter  (for  a  cichld  tank  )  running  24  hrs.      Chuckle  Am  wondering  if  I  should  insulate  the  tank  this  winter  using  thermocol  sheets  attached  to  the  sides  and  back.  Might  bring  about  some  saving  in  energy  bills  though  heat  would  still  escape  from  the  front  and  top.  The  weather  man  forecasts  a   more  severe  winter  this  year..                

 
 Hi,  
   
 a  question(may  sound  stupid)  is  gas  cheaper  than  electricity  out  there..
 I  would  have  added  some  warm  water(suitable  temperature)  instead  of  using  heater
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 12:29 am Post subject: Re: Winter Water Changes - Need to Know Reply with quote

 Yes  Tintin  i  was  also  wondering  about  the  same  thing  a  couple  of  weeks  ago.  But  you're  lucky  to  be  in  Kolkata  where  the  winters  are  not  that  severe,  Im  in  Delhi  where  it  gets  really  cold.
 1.  What  capacity  water  heater  should  i  get  for  my  aquarium  (6'  x  2'  1.5')  ?  I  already  got  one  300w  heater  which  has  a  max  setting  of  34  degrees.  It  is  already  on  highest  setting  (34  degrees)  and  water  is  hardly  any  warmer.  Please  advise.
 2.  As  Tintin  mentioned  above,  i  would  also  like  to  know  how  50%  water  changes  would  have  to  be  done,  keeping  in  mind  the  Delhi  cold?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 2:46 am Post subject: Re: Winter Water Changes - Need to Know Reply with quote

 hi  guys,  
 
 I  am  in  UK  and  the  peak  temp  here  in  summer  is  30  degree  outside  (tap  water  temp  is  always  below  20  degree)  Today  the  outside  temp  is  about  4  degree  and  the  tap  water  should  be  less  than  1  degree.
 
 I  am  using  2  methods  for  my  water  change.
 
 option  1  :  mix  hot  water  with  cold  water  (from  the  bathroom)  to  bring  it  to  normal  temperature.  I  use  this  method  for  my  weekly  water  change  (10%).  I  am  able  to  do  this  because  there  are  no  chlorine,  it  may  not  be  applicable  for  few  places  in  india  where  the  chlorine  content  is  very  high.   
 
 option  2:  store  the  water  in  a  container  for  2  days  in  room  temp  (room  temp  is  maintained  at  22  degree)  and  then  use  directly  for  water  change.  I  use  this  method  only  when  i  have  to  do  any  WC  for  more  than  10%  or  the  water  is  very  cold.  
 
 The  local  water  supply  is  from  Thames  river  and  usually  chlorine  free  (at  least  i  have  never  seen  chlorine  in  last  5  year).  For  safer  side,  i  am  using  a  nutrafin  de-chlorinator  for  every  water  change.  
 
 if  you  do  not  have  a  water  heater  in  your  bath  room,  you  could  add  hot  water  to  your  storage  tank  (bring  it  to  normal  temp)  just  before  water  change.
 
 
 Hope  you  will  find  this  useful.  I  will  try  to  write  up  an  article  on  this  hopefully  over  the  weekend.  
 
 
 Good  Luck  
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 6:43 am Post subject: Re: Winter Water Changes - Need to Know Reply with quote

 what  i  do  is  as  got  a  30  gallon  jar  before  changing  water  place  an  electric  water  heater  wen  it  gets  little  warmer  i  check  the  temp  with  my  hand  if  i  feel  its  not  appropriate  i  check  the  thermometer  that  is  there  i  that  water  if  temp  is  near  to  the  temp  of  tnak  say  26  and  tank  temp  is  27  then  start  changing  water  but  i  m  always  careful  not  to  over  heat  as  it  may  harm  the  fishes  or  the  thermometer  there.     ;-)
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 what  i  do  is  as  got  a  30  gallon  jar  before  changing  water  place  an  electric  water  heater  wen  it  gets  little  warmer  i  check  the  temp  with  my  hand  if  i  feel  its  not  appropriate  i  check  the  thermometer  that  is  there  i  that  water  if  temp  is  near  to  the  temp  of  tnak  say  26  and  tank  temp  is  27  then  start  changing  water  but  i  m  always  careful  not  to  over  heat  as  it  may  harm  the  fishes  or  the  thermometer  there.     ;-)
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 For  my  tank  size  which  is  450  Litres  (about  120  Gallons),  i  dont  think  i  can  change  50%  water  that  way,  as  i  would  need  huge  water  containers  to  hold  that  volume  of  water.  ROFL  
 How  many  heaters  and  at  what  capacity  would  i  require  for  my  tank  ?
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 [quote="lovecutefish";p="220796Hi,  
   
 a  question(may  sound  stupid)  is  gas  cheaper  than  electricity  out  there..
 I  would  have  added  some  warm  water(suitable  temperature)  instead  of  using  heater[/quote]
 
 Smart  and  easy  way......
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 i  have  non  warm  water  aquariums  right  now  (like  discus).  iam  not  using  heaters  for  my  fish  now.
 i  am  using  direct  bore  water.  it  is  usually  slightly  warm  than  house-top  tank  water.
 even  i  feel  my  aq  water  is  cool  than  bore  water.
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 I  will  be  supporting  your  idea  tintin,  though  the  tank  sizes  which  I  have  are  much  smaller  and  thus  the  WC  is  also  less,  however,  I  also  do  a  50%  weekly  WC.
 Using  a  electric  heating  rod  can  prove  to  be  a  way  too  cost  effective  method  for  heating  the  water  to  tank  temp,  however,  highly  risky.  I  might  be  banking  with  this  idea  initially,  and  will  go  forth  if  I  don't  prove  to  be  careless!
 Use  of  a  power  head  is  always  a  great  idea  for  WC  even  during  summer  days,  atleast  I  follow.
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