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02-26-2014, 09:48 PM #1
Python & water conditioner
I changed the water in a 36g, a 46g and a 55g today and I'm totally beat. Finally broke down and ordered a Python, my back cannot stand any more of this "bucket brigade" nonsense. I already see FT's answer to this question, but was wondering if his opinion is the consensus.
My main concern with using a Python is the fact that you're running untreated water directly into the tank. Do most of you who use one treat for the entire volume of the tank or only for the volume that you're replacing.
Is it possible to get too much Prime in the tank over time if you condition your water this way (entire tank volume even when doing a PWC)?
02-26-2014, 09:52 PM #2
You'll get both answers on this issue. It seems to come up every 6 months or so.
Many dose for the entire volume of the tank. Others, like myself, just dose for the volume being added back in. My reasoning for that is that there is no reason to dose more than necessary and that just seems like a waste of prime.
Plenty of people dose the full tank volume and, as far as I know, it won't cause a problem.~Manna
10 gallon live planted aquarium with 6 neons
90 gallon fw community in progress
02-26-2014, 09:53 PM #3
When using a Python, you treat for the entire tank. When using buckets, you treat the bucket amount only. I will usually have my syringe filled with the correct dose of Prime sitting next to the tank. As I begin filling, I dose the Prime directly into the stream coming from the Python, helps distribute it throughout the tank.
Prime dissipates over time, it will not "build up" in your tank.
02-26-2014, 09:54 PM #4
I use a python and dose according to the volume of the aquarium as the instructions indicate.
02-26-2014, 09:57 PM #5
Looks like either way is probably safe though. Thanks for the input. This forum is a great resource.
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02-26-2014, 10:23 PM #10
just make sure you double check the connectors after you get it to make sure it is secure. Mine where slightly loose when I got it so when it came to the fill stage I ended up with a lot of water on the floor also. Luckily I have water proof floors, so only needed a couple towels to clean it up. But it has been fine since then.Current tanks:
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