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  1. Default How to use Python water changer in winter?


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    So, it just got cold here, within the past week or so. I'm a bit overdue for a water change and was going to do one, when I realized that the faucet water is friggin' COLD. I have a 65 gallon tank, so a Python is the only good way to empty and fill it. Emptying isn't a problem, it's filling that I'm worried about, because there's a pretty large temperature difference. The tank is kept at least 72 by the heater, the faucet water is 65 or lower. How can I change the water without shocking the fish? Multiple small changes?
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
    29 sw: Damsel, shrimpgoby, pistol shrimp, waspfish
    65 fw: Rummies, glowlight tetras, pencilfish, darters, ottos, f betta, goby, dwarf gourami, ninjas
    29 fw: Chili rasboras, pygmy cories, P. Gertrudae

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    do you not have a hot water faucet? what am I missing?
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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    We do, but---
    Oh.
    Never mind.
    I was tired this morning when I went to change the water... That's sort of dumb now. I guess I'll just fiddle with it until I get it at a good temperature... Thanks. I'm not sure why I didn't think of that earlier... I'm normally smarter than this, I swear.
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
    29 sw: Damsel, shrimpgoby, pistol shrimp, waspfish
    65 fw: Rummies, glowlight tetras, pencilfish, darters, ottos, f betta, goby, dwarf gourami, ninjas
    29 fw: Chili rasboras, pygmy cories, P. Gertrudae

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    LOL we all have our moments. What I generally do is keep the water running into the sink until I get the temp adjusted right. Often I'll float a thermometer in a cool whip bowl or something until the temp is right, then open up the hose to fill the tank. Some people can go by touch, however, I find the water feels a different temp different times of the year.

    Also - do you have gold fish? Is that why the temp is only 72? otherwise most tropicals need 78 - 82 F
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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    Our faucets are kind of old, but I managed to keep it at a nice temperature for them using a thermometer in a cup to test temp.

    No, they aren't goldfish. What I meant was 72 is the lowest it ever gets, and that's at night when it's freezing. Time to get the spare heater out, I think, it's getting cold early this year.
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
    29 sw: Damsel, shrimpgoby, pistol shrimp, waspfish
    65 fw: Rummies, glowlight tetras, pencilfish, darters, ottos, f betta, goby, dwarf gourami, ninjas
    29 fw: Chili rasboras, pygmy cories, P. Gertrudae

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    yes - you really need to keep that temp a constant 78 - 80. the temperature swing can be hard on the fish ... sometimes it can upset their systems enough to make them sick. you could even end up with an ich infestation.
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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    Agree with fishmommie - it doesn't take much to stress fish out when their environment doesn't stay as stable as possible.

    I've seen posts in the past where someone wondered why they were losing fish, or came down with ich, or a fish came down with a fungus, etc. and we find out there is no heater and the temp goes according to whatever room it's in.
    46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
    5 gal QT
    Remember: Our job is to take care of the water our fish live in

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    i dont bother with using a thermometer any more, i find that its not worth the hassle. i use the touch test. basically get the water +-2*f and the fish wont mind much. im also always having my hands in the tank fiddling with plants so i always have a good feal for the temp
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    I have a 350 litre tank (that's around 90 US gallons I think) and I do all my WCs by bucket. I drain the tank with a hose out of the window but refilling is bucket by bucket (normally 10-12 of them). What I do to ensure a similar temperature is take a measuring jug full of tank water and stand it by where I'm refilling buckets. I then match the temperature by touch (finger dipping between original tank water and new water). Does the job and is quicker than measuring each bucket with a thermometer. I'd be a lot more careful if the tank was smaller though as the potential swings would be a lot bigger.
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    Since the tank and stand are only a few inches shorter than me, he only bucket I can lift and pour into it is a pitcher! I'm short and not very strong. It takes a really long time to fill it via pitcher, I know that from experience... Takes about a hundred trips from the sink to the tank.
    I have a really fast thermometer... The kind with the little red line, I'm not sure what the term is. Tested it once, and it take less than a minute to fully change to the new temperature.
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
    29 sw: Damsel, shrimpgoby, pistol shrimp, waspfish
    65 fw: Rummies, glowlight tetras, pencilfish, darters, ottos, f betta, goby, dwarf gourami, ninjas
    29 fw: Chili rasboras, pygmy cories, P. Gertrudae

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