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Old 04-28-2010, 02:39 PM   #1 
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Warm water changes?

ok I'm wondering if warm water changes are ok. I figure if I add a bit of warm water to the mix and let it cool to almost room temperature it might be better than having cool water warm up. Now this is just treated warm tap water not hot, is this ok?
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Old 04-28-2010, 02:50 PM   #2 
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If it's easier and quicker for you, I think it's fine.
Just don't forget to acclimate the fish to the new water c:
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Old 04-28-2010, 02:51 PM   #3 
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I can't imagine the initial temperature of your water effecting anything as long as it's near the tank's temperature before being put in. And treated.
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Old 04-28-2010, 03:00 PM   #4 
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I always do my water changes with water that feels as close to the tank temps (80*F) as possible. I've pretty much got it down to touch. I still make sure the water is at the right temp before adding the fish back though.

I think its really important especially if you don't remove your fish for changes. Putting cold water in during a change will cause a drastic temp drop which isn't good for the fish.
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:35 PM   #5 
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I just put in the temperature of the water that was originally in the tank. After doing it for so long, I can tell what's wrong and right just by touch.
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Old 04-28-2010, 11:20 PM   #6 
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lol...and I've learned not to trust my sense of touch when it comes to the temp! lol

I put the new water under a desk lamp for a little bit, stick in the ol' thermometer, and add it to the aquarium once it's within 2-3 degrees of the rest of the aquarium.
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Old 04-29-2010, 02:52 AM   #7 
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You could buy a thermometer if you're not comfortable with your sense of touch yet. I usually start warmer and wait till it cools, but I more or less have the temperature down by touch. :) You will too soon, trust me
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Old 04-29-2010, 06:05 AM   #8 
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I was told so long as the temperature of the new water was +/- 2degrees of what the tank is then I wouldn't worry about it.
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