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Old 01-30-2010, 05:17 AM   #1 
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Using warm water when doing water changes ok?

I am weary of using warmed water (warm from the tap) when doing water changes.

Somehow, I feel that water that has been through a water heater is somehow less pure, picks up more crud, etc. I have absolutely no basis for this, just my assumption. If I'm putting in the right additive to take out crud, calcium deposits etc and clean the water, and I've let the tap run for a while before using it is there any need to worry?

That is, is the pre-heated water going to be really any more/less worse than what I'm putting in there already? (cold tap water).

I'd just like to get him back in the tank sooner because he doesn't seem too fond of the temporary accommodations.
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Old 01-30-2010, 08:57 AM   #2 
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I always try to get the tap water at the same temp before I add it back to the tank. I use the thermometer from whichever tank I'm changing the water in to measure the temp. of the tap water. When I have it close, I add the conditioner and pour it in the tank.

I've had no issues at all with all 7 tanks.
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Old 01-30-2010, 10:31 AM   #3 
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I agree with Romad. I try to get the tap water as close to the tank water that they were in as possible. This avoids the fish from going into shock. It's the same for humans, if you were put in very hot water and than dipped into ice cold water, your body would go into shock also.
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:48 PM   #4 
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I also do the same thing as Romad.
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Old 01-30-2010, 01:36 PM   #5 
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Yep, I warm mine to the same temp too. I do let it run for a bit first.
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Old 01-30-2010, 05:58 PM   #6 
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Thanks guys I will try the pre-heated water next time.
I don't put him in the cold water though don't worry, he sits in his temporary holding spot until the water reaches a suitable temperature, then I add some of the water from the tank (the new water) into the glass, little by little, till he's sitting in essentially the same water, then put him in. So the shock is minimal I think, if at all.
He just doesn't seem thrilled to be in the temporary spot for so long while the water heats up!
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