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Cardeater said:
Personally, i.just use a python water changer. A pump will be faster. Python sure beats changing with buckets. I still can't believe I used to change out 50+ gallons using 3 gallon buckets!
If I hook up to cold water faucet. Is it ok to use the python? I was just wondering about temperatures.
 

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If I hook up to cold water faucet. Is it ok to use the python? I was just wondering about temperatures.
Well, ideally you'd match temperatures.

I actually listened to an Aquarium Coop/kg tropicals YouTube thing about this from a few years ago.

It dmcan be done but it depends on how great the temperature difference will wind up being.

How far is a faucet with hot water for you? I think there's a 25 and 50ft python.
 
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Cardeater said:
Well, ideally you'd match temperatures.

I actually listened to an Aquarium Coop/kg tropicals YouTube thing about this from a few years ago.

It dmcan be done but it depends on how great the temperature difference will wind up being.

How far is a faucet with hot water for you? I think there's a 25 and 50ft python.
Well I will be in the basement. And in the laundry room there are two faucets one hot and one cold. And I have a sump pump that pumps into a drain eye level. And then out to septic tank. I can use both hot and cold at the same time. With two hoses going into one hose. Then into pvc drain right there going to sump pump. So I will have to set this up for the python. I think s 50 ft hose would do. I will order s python for this. And go to Home Depot to update hoses and fittings.

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Well I will be in the basement. And in the laundry room there are two faucets one hot and one cold. And I have a sump pump that pumps into a drain eye level. And then out to septic tank. I can use both hot and cold at the same time. With two hoses going into one hose. Then into pvc drain right there going to sump pump. So I will have to set this up for the python. I think s 50 ft hose would do. I will order s python for this. And go to Home Depot to update hoses and fittings.
Ok, I watched the YouTube video on the python no spill clean and fill. I think this will work great.
 

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I love my python! Since my tank was second hand the Python wwas the most expensive thing I bought. But I knew it would allow me to keep up with water changes. Money well spent for me
 
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I love my python! Since my tank was second hand the Python wwas the most expensive thing I bought. But I knew it would allow me to keep up with water changes. Money well spent for me
Yes, I agree! After I saw how it works. It should be a good investment.

Ok, so I ordered my Python with 50ft of hose, the hook for filling, and a 24 inch long cleaning tube. And 500 ML of seachem prime. Which gives me free shipping. I ordered all from big al’s pets online. Cost $97.00. Now I’m gonna work on how to do water changes. I’m thinking a 5 gallon bucket with a drain hose going to the sump pump. And 2 wash machine hoses to a wye fitting attached to the python.
 
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I ended up buying a little plastic sink from Home Depot. I also bought a faucet, hoses and adapters. I still need to run the drain. This way I can regulate temperature and use python . Here are pics.

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I have supported the aquarium stand with 2 x 4 ‘s. And secured it to the wall with angle brackets. I have a small 1/16 of an inch gap on the left side of aquarium. When it sits on the stand. I have a mending bar under it. To keep the pressure down. Here are pics.
 
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I think having the metal 1/16 inch bar to support the gap is ok? That way it takes the pressure off the tank? What do you all think?
 

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Jeff, I see that you are from Collinsville. I live in Alton and am a member of the MissourI Aquarium Society Inc (MASI). They have monthly meetings and several auctions each year. You can meet and get advice from people who have been in the hobby for years. You don’t have to be a member to buy or sell at the auctions, but membership is only $15 per year. This is a great place to get good fish and equipment at reasonable prices. Their meetings are on the third Thursday of every month at 7:30 pm near Westport. Here is the link to their website
The next auction is in August. The auctions are held at the Holiday Inn in Earth City, MO. They always have aquariums for sale. Kids are welcome. Also, I would also follow the Pets section of Craig’s List if you are looking for bargain aquariums. Some folks get into the hobby and have an initial bad experience and decide to bail out. You can sometimes get a great bargain on an expensive aquarium, but you have to act quickly. Make sure the seller posts good photos of what is being sold. Good luck.
 
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Jeff, I see that you are from Collinsville. I live in Alton and am a member of the MissourI Aquarium Society Inc (MASI). They have monthly meetings and several auctions each year. You can meet and get advice from people who have been in the hobby for years. You don’t have to be a member to buy or sell at the auctions, but membership is only $15 per year. This is a great place to get good fish and equipment at reasonable prices. Their meetings are on the third Thursday of every month at 7:30 pm near Westport. Here is the link to their website
The next auction is in August. The auctions are held at the Holiday Inn in Earth City, MO. They always have aquariums for sale. Kids are welcome. Also, I would also follow the Pets section of Craig’s List if you are looking for bargain aquariums. Some folks get into the hobby and have an initial bad experience and decide to bail out. You can sometimes get a great bargain on an expensive aquarium, but you have to act quickly. Make sure the seller posts good photos of what is being sold. Good luck.
Thank you! I will definitely be interested. Do you think my set up is ok? And do you think the mending bar will work? Thanks again
 

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I believe that the bar would work but I’m no engineer. Good luck.

Check Craig’s List for Aquarium stands. Metal ones of course would be the strongest.
 
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Check Craig’s List for Aquarium stands. Metal ones of course would be the strongest.
Ok, thank you! It is s very small gap, that won’t cause too much stress. I put support under the top. I do believe it will work. Do you think I could get a better deal on glowfish at the club? I plan on buying from livesquaria. I can get 10 Zebra danios for about $64.99. Glowfish! And I am going to get some Cory cats. But might see if your club has any better prices. Thank you
 

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You will find good prices on fish, equipment and supplies at MASI. You’ll see important savings by not having to pay tax or shipping costs. I don’t know about whether Glo-fish would be for sale. They have been. However, you might want to consider Fancy Guppies for kids. The males are very colorful, they are inexpensive, and they breed very easily. Lots of fry for the kids to see. If you want to buy online, I would first check out AquaBid, a free buyer/seller site for fish/shrimp hobbyists. They also have equipment and supplies. I have bought quite a few fish from Aquabid and have been very happy with my purchases. Go to AquaBid.com. Select the type fish you’re looking for from the home page. Some are auctioned and some can be bought immediately with their Buy It Now option. Ebay also carries a lot of fish. Some of their sellers offer free shipping. Check out all the possibilities. Have fun.
 
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Ok, so I watched an YouTube video on how to level an aquarium. I found out I can buy wood shims from Home Depot to put under aquarium. I am going to do this.
 
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I ended up putting a 2x4 under the stand. And using a shI'm to level the aquarium. Here are pics.
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Ok I have set up my 55 gallon aquarium. I have fish arriving any minute from Liveaquaria in California. 16 Zebra danios glowfish. I have installed my sponge filter on left side of tank with an air stone. Here are some pics.
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Ok, so I just took ammonia reading. It’s 11pm and 36 hrs after putting Zebra danios in. There are 16 of them various sizes. I have 0 ammonia at this time. Here’s a pic.
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Cardeater said:
Glad to hear things are working out.
Thank you! I took my 2nd reading last night. It still has 0 ammonia. I did feed them just a little. I have been keeping lights out a lot. Until the tank cycles. To keep stress down. They seem to be very active and healthy. I’m going to test ammonia again tonight. Thank you all for being so helpful. I appreciate it very much.
 
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Ok, so I took ammonia and nitrites reading and have 0 for both. I will keep feeding the fish daily, but not too much. And take readings at night. Looking good so far.
 
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Ok, I lost 1 Zebra danios glowfish. liveaquaria is refunding money for her. Since it’s within the 14 days guaranteed. I took ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates readings. Here are pics of fish and readings. O ammonia, O nitrites, and high nitrates. Is this part of the nitrogen cycle? Thanks ahead of time
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Ok, so I just took readings of water in tank and tap water. My tap water has very high nitrates. I took ammonia, nitrites, nitrates from aquarium, and nitrates from tap water. If you notice, nitrates from aquarium and tap water are the same. Now what?? Is there something I can put in water to lower nitrates from tap water?? I don’t want to hurt fishies. All my fishies are doing great so far. Please advise
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