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Water Changes

Discussion in 'General Dwarf Cichlids' started by MHEAD, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. MHEAD

    MHEAD New Member 5 Year Member

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    Hi. In order to have a large quantity of water available for water changes, people have mentioned using a large plastic trash barrel. I would like to keep the water warm--is there some type of heater that people commonly use? Also, do you need to have any other equipment for aging the water in the barrel? I am now using 25 one gallon plastic milk containers and thus I spend a lot of time warming each container before I put the water into my tanks. My fish and the water are in my basement and thus the aging water is really quite cold. I would appreciate any information on how to set up such a system. Thanks. Tom
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    apisto-nut New Member 5 Year Member

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    I have 2 x 45g barrels ( food grade ) in my basement that I just put a heater in each (250 watt )
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    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Also add an air line just to circulate the water. Depending on how the water is (or isn't) chlorinated, you may need to dechlorinate it. Then there is altering the pH and hardness ...
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    MHEAD New Member 5 Year Member

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    Apisto-nut. I am not familiar with "food grade" barrels--where can you get them? Also, neither you nor Mike mentioned using a sump pump--is one necessary and if not how do you get the water from the barrel to your tanks? Tom
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    apisto-nut New Member 5 Year Member

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    I got mine used from a place here in Ontario that ships pickles , Cherry's etc..,
    they dark grey with a screw on lid .

    I cleaned them well with a bit vinegar ( 4 liters ) and let them sit outside for a couple days to soak then rinsed them well .

    I use a small submersible pump attached to a hose to fill my tanks , the smaller tanks ( 10g and smaller ) I use a small bucket to do the water changes
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    MHEAD New Member 5 Year Member

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    Thanks Apisto-nut. Do you leave the pump in the barrel to heat the water or use a heater as Mike suggests and what about keeping the water moving? I live in Massachusetts so I will look around here for the barrels. Tom
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    apisto-nut New Member 5 Year Member

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    I use aquarium heaters .

    I take the pump out if not in use
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    MHEAD New Member 5 Year Member

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    Thank you Apisto-nut. I may be able to find the barrels at Walmart. Tom
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    fishme. New Member 5 Year Member

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    what water do you use in your water changes?
    i use only R.O. water and i put discus trace in it.what is your opinion?
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    jose_vogel Member 5 Year Member

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    It depends on your tap water and which Apisto species do you want to breed.

    When breeding A. borellii, commbrae, trifasciata, cf. eunotus I can use just tap water (PH 7; GH 3; Cond 250 ms)

    When breeding A. sp. "Papagei", A. sp. "Morado", A. eremnopyge, A. baenschi I use mixed RODI and tap water.

    When breeding A. bitaeniata; I´ve to use RODI.
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    Refael Hdr. Member 5 Year Member

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    I also use a big barrel filled with RO water that are been circulated and heated by a normal aquarium heater (in winter time). The water I'm getting from my RO system are in pH 6.0 and 25 mS so I have to mix it up with more higher conductivity water to the right proportion (just by adding regular filtered tap water)...