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CaptJab

Getting The Most Out Of Your Water Changes

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CaptJab   

I've started doing water changes a little differently lately. I hook a drain hose to my skimmers cup and skim very wet. I let the hose drain into a 5 gallon bucket, while having my ATO sitting in a new clean batch of saltwater. The dirty water in the bucket is green instead of the clear normal looking tank water that I use to pull out doing normal water changes, and this is why I feel this technique is more effective.

After the water change is done I just put the skimmer back to normal operation mode and drop my ATO pump back into its normal container. I feel like I can get dirtier water out this way versus just randomly draining 5 gallons of tank water.

I still drain my sump once a month and clean the bottom out very good to get rid of any detritus that has settled in the bottom, but for weekly W/C this way has really seemed to help my tank out.

I can post pictures if my description wasn't clear enough for everyone understand.

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JPerkins   

It's a good idea if you have the time to let the wet skim build up. My water changes are around 30 gallons so that would take a day of wet skimming and monitoring it for level, overflow etc.

Some people with large tanks wet skim 24/7, almost like a continous waterchange.

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CaptJab   

My monthly W/C are also 30+ gallons but I do 5 gallons weekly and the 30+ at the end of the month. That's 45 gallons a month. The wet skim W/C takes very little effort or time IMO. Takes 10 minutes to set everything up, once I get it going, I can watch football, cut grass, shoot my bow or what ever else I feel like doing.

It is less hands on time than my 30+ W/C at the end of the month.

There is no doubt that this method isn't meant for everyone, I just thought it may be something a few would like to try.

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I have tried it a few times but as mentioned before I do a thirty gallon water change so it takes for ever and I really didnt see that big of a difference the times I did it. I skim pretty wet to start with though because I dose vodka.

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