Tip of the Day – 8/13/2013

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Did you know that you can perform a water change without using a single pump? Sure, mixing the salt and water does require some constant agitation, but performing the actual change can all be done with gravity and siphoning. After turning off the pumps and getting the tank ready for the water change, just siphon out the desired amount of water with vinyl tubing. After removing the old water, you can either dump buckets full of new water back into the tank (or sump) or elevate them above the aquarium and siphon the new water into the aquarium. Either way, you’re not using a pump to do the work. Of course, using water pumps does speed up the process and makes things more convenient, but in a pinch, you can get by without them.

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  • Jeff926

    I just siphon water out of the tank, then dump an equal amount of new water into my sump. Done. The whole process is done in under 5 minutes. I leave the return pump running. I just start pouring new water in the sump before the water level dips below the pump.

  • Wesley Devers

    LOL! This is how I’ve always done my water changes. I just elevate my bucket of new water on a stool, and let it siphon into my sump. I also do this to add kalk water to my ATO container.