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Something I've Noticed About Partial Water Changes

Posted By: Joe Loach <jloach@onlinetoday.com>
Date: Saturday, 22 March 2003, at 8:00 p.m.

Years ago, I used to have a 40 gal cube tank that I used for a "mixing vat" for my partial water changes -- after dechlor was added, rock salt, baking soda, I'd run a powerhead in there to just mix it up. Then, I'd attach a hose to the powerhead and run the water into the main tank.

I quit doing this, using a Python and just adding water directly to the tank and adding dechlor periodically. I noticed that my fish flash for a while after partial water changes.

Today, I wondered if I should try adding water the way I used to. I purchased a 38 gal plastic container, and mixed Amquel with the water (I no longer add rock salt or baking soda). I let it mix for about 10 minutes, then added a hose to the powerhead and refilled the tank. It was a 1/2 water change. Temp and pH of the tap water matched that of the tank.

I must say, there is a *vast* difference in how the fish behave. One sid initially flashed after swimming into the current. Other than that, no flashing. I think I'll be continuing this method for partial water changes from now on. I know it's not as convenient, but the fish have shown me that they prefer this method.


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