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Performing a water change

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Performing a water change

Postby Mick » Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:40 am

One of the most important aspects of fish keeping is to do a weekly water change, a lot of keepers find this a chore and because of this tend to miss the odd week or just can't be bothered. If organised properly it is not such a big task and it can be rewarding looking at a nice clean tank once a routine is adhered to.
Preparation is the key and this will help to make it as stress free as possible, why make things hard for yourself when if organised it is a task that can be as enjoyable as any other aspect of fish keeping.

Items that you need for the water changes:-
Containers to transport your water from the tank and containers to bring the fresh water back to your tank.I use a large tub for preparing my water so that it is there waiting for me to add back to the tank. I keep an old food grade bucket for syphoning the old water into, and a nice clean food grade bucket for transporting the fresh water back to use for the change.

A length of syphon tube (some people use a length of hose pipe) to take out the water from the tank.
Water conditioner, this is used to make your fresh water safe, it will lock chlorine, chloramines and heavy metals that can harm your fish.

A plastic jug to add the water back into the tank from the bucket

Preparing your fresh water:-
The water you are replacing needs to be the same temperature as your tank water, this can be acheived by either using a spare tank heater or using boiled water from a kettle.
Add the correct ammount of conditioner to the fresh water and let it stand while you syphon out the old tank water.


Now you can start the water change. Syphon out the old tank water, checking that no fish get caught in the tube and that you only syphon out the correct ammount for your percentage water change. If it is time to clean the gravel with a gravel cleaner do this to remove the water instead of using the syphon tube.
Take away the old water and dispose of it and bring in the fresh. Add this slowly to your tank with the plastic jug so that the fish do not get frightened and stressed or tank decor does not get moved about with sudden water movements.

If you are doing one water change per week, then I would recommend using the gravel vac with each change.
Keep the bucket with the fresh water clean at all times.
Always add the conditioner, your fish will thank you for it.

You may read this and think why do I need to be told this, I have seen many people struggle with a water change and for no reason!!
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