How do YOU do large water changes when using RO

ppls1000
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I am wondering how different people do large water changes when RO is involved. I am not asking how to do it, I am wondering how you do it. I currently use 50/50 RO to tap water on my 55 gallon tank and I just use 5 gallon buckets. I am looking at a 125 gallon tank for sale but before I buy it I would like to have it figured out how I will do water changes. Currently my RO water is down stairs and doing 50/50 so needing 5-6 buckets of RO water taken upstairs to be mixed with tap water seems like a lot of work so that is why I am asking how others do it.

My other thought to this would be to just find fish that can live in my tap water but I'd rather not go that route yet if I don't have to.
 
richiep
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I make 100ishltr ROwater each week but I do it on a Monday or Tuesday and store it in 12ltr containers, if you did the same you could carry one up as you go, I don't know what your setup is but couldn't you produce the ro up stairs
 
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ppls1000
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richiep said:
I make 100ishltr ROwater each week but I do it on a Monday or Tuesday and store it in 12ltr containers, if you did the same you could carry one up as you go, I don't know what your setup is but couldn't you produce the ro up stairs
I could produce it upstairs but storage is very nice downstairs. I have a roughly 20 gallon tote that I fill with RO water to use as needed. Right now I just carry two five gallon pails upstairs and I can do my main tank and shrimp tank no problem. If I don't buy this 125 gallon tank it's no big deal. But if I buy the 125 I will need to figure something out. Or only keep fish that can live in my tap water.
 
richiep
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How about using a water pump the same spec as a heating pump, is there a chance you can pump it up, just thinking off the top here to see if it sparks something good for you
 
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ppls1000
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Yeah that is an option too. I'm so indecisive. I want it to be somewhat easy.

I mean the easiest option is just doing tap water only. If I remember correctly my tap is a pH of 8.0 or so after 24 hours.
 
Wakeman
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wouldn't a really long hose work out of your R/O downstairs? just spitballing here
 
Fishfishfish3
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ppls1000 said:
I am wondering how different people do large water changes when RO is involved. I am not asking how to do it, I am wondering how you do it. I currently use 50/50 RO to tap water on my 55 gallon tank and I just use 5 gallon buckets. I am looking at a 125 gallon tank for sale but before I buy it I would like to have it figured out how I will do water changes. Currently my RO water is down stairs and doing 50/50 so needing 5-6 buckets of RO water taken upstairs to be mixed with tap water seems like a lot of work so that is why I am asking how others do it.

My other thought to this would be to just find fish that can live in my tap water but I'd rather not go that route yet if I don't have to.
This is what we do. We fill 5 g containers and mix with warm two water to bring temp close to 78 and dump it in. Total pain.
 
aquachris
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So I have a brackish mix I do like lots of people do for salt tanks - I mix it up in a brute 32g barrel/trash can with a heater and a powerhead running all the time. However I store mine in the basement, so I then use a submersible pump and hose to pump it upstairs.... Its not super fast coming out, but it works just fine.

I've thought if I ever did a huge RO thing, I'd probably get an RO unit dedicated, have it fill a brute barrel/trash can with a float valve that would shut it off when to the level I want - and put in a heater and powerhead as well (keep the water moving from getting stagnant). Depending on speed of RO unit, you could probably start the fill two day before your normal WC's, and the next day turn on your heater. You might need a bigger heater to heat it up quick enough (I have a eheim 300 in mine).
 

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