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This is a discussion on Bucket or Hose.....Let's hear it! within the Aqua Lounge forums, part of the Aqua Lounge category; Alright all, instead of hijacking a thread let's duke it out here and now! I'm a bucket fanatic personally, why ...

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    DefaultBucket or Hose.....Let's hear it!

    Alright all, instead of hijacking a thread let's duke it out here and now!

    I'm a bucket fanatic personally, why I don't know, maybe I like to suffer. Maybe I feel like work should feel like work. Maybe I just like keeping 5 or 6 buckets laying around in disuse all the time....

    Wait a second. I think I'm gonna switch.

    Alright enough of that, let the debate begin!

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    I use the siphon/bucket method because I store water for a couple of days before "water change" time AND to have ready for "top offs", when needed. That way, the water temperature is the same as the room and the aquarium (i.e. I do not use a heater in the tank). I also like to add the conditioner BEFORE the water gets put into the tank. How would that be possible running the water directly from the faucet through the hose into the aquarium?


    AS AN ASIDE : I bought a gravel/vacuum siphon that you suck on the end to get it started. (Supposedly, one could dunk the tube up and down a few times to get the flow going, but that has never worked for me.) A couple of weeks ago I found a similar gizmo BUT with a pump ball along the hose. Works like a charm. So simple to use and no more drinking the tank water!
    Last edited by Mick2016; 03-18-2017 at 09:28 PM. Reason: ADDED : "top offs"

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    When I fill up a bucket, lift it off the kitchen sink and carry it towards my tanks - a sense of excitement always ensues - am I going to spill it? Am I going to get it to the room cleanly? Did I fill it up high enough? Do I have to make another round? Sometimes it's a smooth journey, but when it isn't... something about spilling a bucket of water all over my floor and cleaning it up is absolutely exhilarating...

    But if I were to be serious... I am just too lazy to figure out how to use a python hose lol. And Mick also makes great points, I do like to age my water (especially for my shrimp tanks).

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    We are winning!!

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    Hose all the way if i have a choice. My 75 is all hose. My 55 is bucket because the hose is not long enough.

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    What do you do to empty the hose completely and not having a permanently wet hose?

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    I put a pot in the kitchen sink with a mag pump with 1/2" plastic tube to the tank
    with a shutoff and j-bend to hang on the tank side
    I run the water into the pot in the sink mixing it to approximately the correct temp
    hang the tube on the tank valve off and turn on pump
    start filling tank by opening valve on j-pipe filler

    adjust the water flow into the pot in sink to maintain 3/4 pot full
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    Then . . . bisect the angle to the perpendicular of the quadrant . . .


    (Just kidding.)
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    Both! Buckets for emptying and filling the tanks less than 20 gallons. I use a Mag pump to pump out aged water from my Brute trash bins for the more sensitive fish, otherwise for the big tanks, a pump to pump out and filler up from the tap. A Python is too slow for me unless I'm draining down to a sink on a lower floor.

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    Come on buckets! Don't give up on me now

 

 
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