Maybe I'll try just the tubing today and see how that goes. Or just turkey baster, because I don't really need to do a water change. Except I don't think I can bring myself to put my mouth anywhere near my fish stuff
It's supposed to start by being pumped up and down in the water, it's just a regular cheapo siphon/vacuum. That works almost never, o I picked up some other tips through research (because I'm so bad I had to research
) which have helped, but sometimes I use my turkey baster on the end to help start the suction. I get the theory behind the technique I guess I just can't execute it right, because I try to pull it out and let the gravel/sand fall away, but a lot of the time I'm sucking it up and it occasionally gets jammed which is a pain, or I just feel like I'm losing so much gravel. I guess I can just put it back, but it seems like its getting to be such a friggin process at that point, and cleaning that would take 15 minutes takes 30 with all the trouble it gives me.
And it is a 10 gallon, so not a small tank by betta standards, but yes not a giant tank. Def not changing substrate though. Besides the fact that I've already spent more than enough $$ on these set ups (and don't seem to be stopping
), it's pretty densely planted, it has floramax substrate, with what was supposed to be a Tahitian moon sand top, but it's mostly mixed in at this point, and I really don't want to tear it down. The gunk does mostly sit on top, which is why I can tell that I'm not getting it clean the way I want, because I can see it. Thanks for the python suggestion, will read up on that one too. I saw it recommended some places, along with the battery operated ehiem quick vac, that doesn't work as a siphon, but was wary about if they actually work better since they have larger price tags.
I also have tried to turkey baster it, which is still sort of tricky and sooo sloowwww, I just figure there must be a better way! I love my snails but boy are they messy beasts
Thanks for the input guys!