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HOW TO: Crystal clear aquarium water changes

HOW TO: Crystal clear aquarium water changes


Hi, everybody Joey here again, and welcome back. So it was just a little while ago. We did a video called The secret to clear aquarium water and in that video we discussed Understanding what the problem is in the first place? I have to say though that some of us don’t even give ourselves a fair chance to start out with and What I mean by [that] is that when you’re doing a water change the water that you’re already adding in in the first place Might not be as clean as you think for example [some] people have high phosphates in their water high nitrates Perhaps they have a high mineral content or even dissolved organics and a lot of people don’t even know that because throughout Testing your aquarium water We never think to actually test your tap water [so] I decided to come up with a project that would allow you to clean your water before it even gets to the aquarium So [you] give yourself the best chance possible at having that clear aquarium water that you really do want but we need this project to be really simple really easy to do and Cheap overall to deal with a lot of the problems that I mentioned typically we use chemical filtration to do it for example activated Carbon now activated Carbon can remove colors from the water smells and even Organics and if the water flow is slow enough It’s said to remove chlorine as well as chlorines as well another very useful absorbent is actually zeolite Now zeolite is able to absorb ammonia and heavy metals It’s actually commonly sold as an ammonia remover Which is usually just simply zeolite then you’ve got products like flue valves clear Max Or others like it that are set to trap phosphates nitrites and nitrates So really just by using a few simple chemical filtration media. We can absorb and or remove a whole array of Unwanteds from the Tap water before it even hits your aquarium but obviously we need something to put all of this in first now there’s going to be a number of ways to do this but One of the ways I’ve decided was to go with PVC. Pipe although once you see how this is done You’ll be able to do it with something as simple as a water bottle you can either use Abs or PVC for this neither one will matter how long it is? Depends on how much media you’re going to use in this example, though I’m going to be putting 300 grams of chemical filtration and a 12 inch long 2 Inch PVC pipe You only actually need to do two things one is get a corresponding end cap and drill as many small holes into it as possible and then put it on the end of the PVC pipe You’ll then need a small Suction cup the type that you’ll find on a heater or even a small power head one that you’re not using anymore The only [thing] you’ll [want] to look for is that it has a small nub because we’re going to drill a hole in the side [of] the PVC pipe and use that nut to stick the Suction cup in and hold itself in place. That’s pretty much it now. We can stock it full of all of our chemical filtration Personally I like to go from the bottom starting off with some Activated Carbon now it can be a tight squeeze So you’ll definitely want to push it in however a tight squeeze is exactly what you want You don’t want any water to be [able] to bypass it? I then follow it by the zeolite now Carbon and zeolite is probably going to be all you need to absorb all of the unwanteds from your tap water and the ratio of Two carbon [two] [one] zero light is all that’s needed the more you use the more water changes. You could do with this and Then followed by them and then followed by the clear max or if you need to add anything else And then just simply add your cap back on now. It’s packed full of chemical filtration now There’s 300 grams of media in here, and this will handle about [3000] gallons of water all you do now is place it in your aquarium, and suction cup it to the side now when you’re doing your water changes you just put your hose in here [and] it will filter the [water] before even touches your aquarium obviously You should rinse the media well before you actually use it when you’re done with the water changes You can just get another PVC End cap and toss it on and store this until the next time you need [it] Now that suction cup is actually going to serve two purposes one It’s obviously holding this in place wherever you want it to be to the nub on the inside actually protrudes even further Into the PVC pipe which means when we go to put our water filling device in it that nub will hold tight tight up against it and Make sure that The hose doesn’t come flying out the only thing you really [need] to watch for here is the water flow If the flow is too strong it might back up and flow out of the pipe and not get treated at all so you want To keep an eye on that if you are trying to treat chlorine and chloramines the water flow has to be Tremendously slower now you might not be as lucky with your water changing device being able to perfectly fit into there you might have to Remove the Tube or you might just have to use the hose itself and if you’re just using the hose itself What I suggest doing is just drilling a hole in the top of a PVC cap large enough to hold on to that hose [so] now when we put it in fits in there nice and Snug [and] [doesn’t] get in the way of anything so there you have it a very cheap and simple way to Treat the water before it actually hits your aquarium giving you a better chance at [achieving] Crystal-Clear aquarium water anyways. Hope that you guys enjoyed [today’s] video I also want to thank you for watching and I’ll see you guys next Sunday for a new double yourself project

88 comments on “HOW TO: Crystal clear aquarium water changes

  1. This is… amazing!!! I can't believe I never thought of this. I think what I'm going to do is use a second unused siphon end instead of pvc, and just cap it with a filter media bag. Then while doing a water change, just change out the siphon end to the unused one filled with carbon, zeolite, and that fluval stuff.

  2. 2 things,1, will this filter all of the things out of my tap water?2, will the activated carbon give my live plants a boost?

  3. Thanks alot! This really worked my water is always crystal clear and my fish are alot happier with this method. Thumbs up. This saved me alot of time.

  4. Is it acceptable to use water coming from our drinking water filter for water changes? I'm not sure if it filter in the same way that you describe in your video. Thanks in advance.

  5. Hi Joey, would an up-flow system (water flows through the carbon etc. bottom to up) work better? Idea is to prevent water channeling. Also, would it be better to set up a pre-filter to clear off heavy debris and make the carbon etc. last longer? Also, 2 drops per second is enough? Or should the water be exposed to the carbon, zeolite etc. for longer?

    Many thanks for your feedback and really enjoy seeing your vids.

  6. Where I live I work for the county water department. I just recently found the ammonia is extremely high. Dark green on the test strip. So could I use this with the sodium t?

  7. My tap water comes out with 1.0 ppm ammonia, hope this device can at least reduce it by half and the beneficial bacteria can handle the rest.

  8. best odwa ive seen in a long time.. people are so worried about if the water in the tank is getting filtered.. but never thinks of the water going into it.. awesome idea

  9. im new to the hobby, and i have 2 red eared sliders. i bought tap water conditioner ph tester for a pleco i bought which died sadly bc of the ammonia levels the turtles are producing and even bought ammonia testing kit. using the bio waste every water change isnt helping get it down from an 8.0. im using a carbon sponge filter in my tetra whisper 40i for a 40 gallon tank. any suggestions, i feel its hopeless to continue if i cant get it down. 😣😣

  10. Does a single pass through these chemical filtration media actually make a difference? A water in vs water out test would have been good to see. Tho difficult for you to test with your water coming from a well…

  11. A very small addition would be some filter floss before the chemical media and at the end!
    It then makes the Tap Water Filter bulletproof all around the world!
    (some have fine particles in their tap water)
    Great thanks for all your videos!

  12. How often does the Clearmax, Zeolite, and Carbon have to be replaced? Also, does this method eliminate the need for water conditioner?

  13. hi joey, what if im dealing with a ph sensitive fish like discus? how do I adjust the ph in such an auto simple system? or in an automatic system like one of your other videos?

  14. bro, im new in aquarium world did i need change my filter media like once a month? and in this video whats media did you use? activated carbon, zeolite, and the last ? or what media can u suggest to me to make crystal clear water. i have problem with green water right now. 🙁

  15. Hi, I would really appreciate if you reply)
    When I do regular water changes (with a bucket) should I let water stand for a few days perhaps hours? or I can just pour it straight from the tap?

  16. thanks to you I came up with a brilliant way to treat/filter my water before putting it into my tank..using a large volume brita filter (the blue one) I silicone into a small plastic paint cup I drilled out the bottom to hold the brita filter, then placing brita filter on to a 5 gallon bottle let the water run slowly into paint cup filter drains into the bottle and you have a 5 gallon bottle of filtered water!! I keep a felt pen mark for every 5 gallon filled the blue brita can filter 120 gallons.. hope this helps a small time operation like mine.

  17. Can someone link the hose (and pump I assume) used by Joey in this video? I have been thinking I could just rig up a little maxi pump to do it but this looks really neat.

  18. where do you buy these at? sorry i'm a beginner and have no idea what these stuff are but i'm learning though. Thanks for valuable videos Joey. Love this channel

  19. I just built this and I’m not registering a difference on the tap vs single pass-through the device, when testing ammonia. What am I missing?

  20. You mentioned after the water change to just place the end cap on and stow it away until next time? It doesn't need to be dried out or is it better to keep it in a bucket of water? Just curious.

  21. Joey I got a question what it means when your fish start gasping for air and start struggling to swim after a water change I tried putting them in old water when I saw what was happening but they still died😔

  22. That's really not going to do much. Water would have to pass through this many times before having any effect

  23. let's say you do water changes weekly, would you have to constantly keep adding a dechlorinator every time you change the water?

  24. I tried the Clearmax method to get rid of nitrates. It does NOT work at all. I first ran the water trough a tube and through the clearmax…. nothing, I also put it in my filter for a bit, still nothing, I took out the media and put it in a different bag with bigger holes, still nothing, I took out the media entirely and put it in a small container with my Nitrate filled tap water (well water) and shook it and waited an hour, still nothing at all. Don’t waste your $20

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