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    Whats the thinking behind this approach, adding the O2 and the no feeding?

    *edit* TAG testing
     
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    Think this will keep the fish waste low and avoid ammonia spikes?


    Correct me if I am wrong Vez
     
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    I think its for the extra CO2 that is added by the tapwater, no feeding I am not sure, do not think that there would be ammonia spikes because you keep the bio load the same.
     
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    yip, from my side, but for the food:

    I still think that even if we do add the Prime to the tank, you still dont know how much our water has in it, so your filter does take a "smal" knock, now feeding the fish, they pooh the same, but your filter is maybe 10-15 % less effective due to the WC, all adding up to a spike? well thats how i see it anyway....
     
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    make sense and if your filter is not 100% then a 10 % knock is all that is needit for a spike and algea
     
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    Great idea Raymond.
    I will have a good at making one myself as well.
    Thanks for sharing.

    As per the Prime directions on the bottle:

    "Use 1 capful (5ml) for each 200L (50 Gallons) of new water .......
    May be added to aquarium directly, but better if added to new water first.
    If adding directly to the aquarium,, base dose on aquarium volume."
     
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    I always add about bit more just to be on the safe side, if I need to add 10ml add 15ml.
     
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    I usually add the prime to the bucket as I am filling it with water.
    Its about 1ml / 40 liters according to the bottles directions

    The bucket holds 10 liters so its a tiny amount of prime that I have to add, but a 3ml syringe I got from dischem helps! I too usually grab half a ml just to be safe.

    Nice idea on the fish food side Vez, I should test it out myself.
     
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    I cant do bucket for 200L so I dose directly to the tank.
     
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    Awesome , I made mine two weeks ago and lovin it

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    Nice, how does it work?
     
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    Very similar to the other one in the picture just that I made my inlet face upwards instead if sideways,

    It also locks onto the side if the tank so that It doesn't move around.
     
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    ah i see.. mine has to be adjustable cos i got diff sized tanks :p hahaha
     
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    Thank you for sharing this Raymond.

    I built one and used it for the first time this weekend.
    My routine is slighlty differently in that I suck on the tube to start the siphon.
    I then use a water pump from a bucket to fill the tank.

    Works like a charm!!!!

    Thanks once again.
     
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    So figured I could make my life easier and less stress on my back by making use of a refuse bin, pump, some plastic 15mm pipe, outlet and some elbow joints.

    Fill up the refuse bin (on wheels) with fresh water and add the Prime and Stability. Then wheel the refuse bin close to my tanks, drop the pump in the refuse bin, connect up the pipe to the outlet pipes and switch on. As simple as that and really enjoying it! Little DIY, yes please!!!! :occasion14:
     
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    Leave the bin with water in fore 7 days no need fore prime then.
     
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    I've been meaning to ask. When ageing water is it necessary to circulate it with a powerhead or something, or is it ok to leave it standing stagnant for a few days?
     
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    i just leave it in the bin
    same air, same heat it up a day before
     
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    But I do WC's more regular during the week than just once a week. Is 2 days enough to not use Prime and what about Stability? Would one need a air stone in the bin?
     

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