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Old 08-07-2012, 02:27 PM   #1 
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Silly water change question~

After much searching, I have finally managed to get myself a gravel vacuum for my 2.5 gallon (up til now, I've been doing water changes with a cup >.<). My question is a silly one, but it's something I do need to know... I prepared the new water with the conditioner early this morning and it's been sitting in the bucket for quite a while now (I held off doing the water change because I was hopeful I could find the gravel vacuum today). Of course, that means my bucket is now... tied up with the fresh aquarium water. So... what should I siphon my old tank water into? I don't have another pristine bucket (our other buckets are used for things like car washes and chemical cleaning solutions and such), but I was sort of thinking since the water is coming OUT of the tank, that wouldn't matter, right? Or is that something I shouldn't do?

This is by no means urgent, although I'd appreciate a reply as soon as possible. If all else fails, I guess I could dump out my new, conditioned water, use that bucket, then rinse it out and refill and recondition. I'd rather avoid wasting my 2.5 gallons of fresh water, though.
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:30 PM   #2 
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Do you have a sink or window near the tank?
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:32 PM   #3 
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No, not near it, but I can move the tank if I need to. This is a 100% water change, so Drago is going to be cupped anyway. Moving the tank won't be a problem. :) You think the chemical bucket would be a bad idea, huh?
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:36 PM   #4 
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Well, since you don't need the old water it doesn't really matter so I guess you can use it. I actually didn't see that when I was reading. Whoops...
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:38 PM   #5 
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LOL No worries! Thanks for the response! It'll be easier to just leave the tank on its stand and use the chemical bucket, although I was perfectly willing to move the tank if I needed to. Thanks again!
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:39 PM   #6 
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I would not risk it just in case..move your tank to a sink or outside to get to rid of the old water.
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:44 PM   #7 
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I would not risk it just in case..move your tank to a sink or outside to get to rid of the old water.
Oh, you think it would be a bad idea? I tested the gravel vac and it absolutely won't siphon the other way, only the nozzle takes in water. But if you think it's a bad idea, I can take the tank out onto the deck. That might be easier anyway, I guess.
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:21 AM   #8 
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Water's cheap. Conditioner is cheap. Dump it, who cares?

You're draining water out. Into anything is OK.
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