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Old 07-18-2014, 10:58 AM   #1 
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Water Changes with Plants

I wasn't sure where to put this, so I thought I would start here. I am using an Evolve 4 with custom media.

I have planted tanks for my Bettas. I used aquarium sand for the substrate.

When doing a water change, I try to take a straw and suck up the poop and any debris I see on the bottom.

Then I do my water change. Taking small amount by small amount out until I have taken out about 2 gallons. Then replace with new treated water.

However, I noticed something that seems to be getting worse. Each time I finish the water change, there is a significant amount of debris still in the water that gets stirred up. It settles in about an hour. But should I be doing something to get this debris out as well? I try to get the majority of it but I guess I am not getting it all.
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:15 AM   #2 
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I'd suggest getting a small gravel vacuum/siphon and a pail or bucket. You can use the vacuum to remove the debris and water at the same time.
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:15 AM   #3 
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Super cheap way to make your own gravel or sand vac with out taking out the water. I feel it's pretty good if you miss anything during your water change. Here's a link on how to make a air stone vac. HOW TO: DIY gravel vacuum - Keep aquarium clean: http://youtu.be/yTK42TWeN0M
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I actually just use a 2.5 gallon bathroom garbage can I got at the dollar store as my bucket for my 4 gallon tank.
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:24 AM   #5 
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When I put the water back in my Evolve tanks, I slowly pour it back where the filter is; the water enters the tank through the slots, and the hole below the slots; it doesn't disturb hardly anything. I also siphon out any gunk that may be back there before I add the new water too.
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:30 AM   #6 
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Super cheap way to make your own gravel or sand vac with out taking out the water. I feel it's pretty good if you miss anything during your water change. Here's a link on how to make a air stone vac. HOW TO: DIY gravel vacuum - Keep aquarium clean: http://youtu.be/yTK42TWeN0M
Way Cool! thanks for sharing this.
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:32 AM   #7 
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I use straight airline tubing as a vacuum on my sand substrate. Just hover over the sand (don't put on the sand itself). I sort of shake the plants before the change so any debris falls to the sand. I let it settle for an hour and then vacuum up.

When I pour the water back in (using gallon jugs) I pour it slowly over my hand.
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If I have any left over debris after my WC. I also use Eheim gravel vac pro. But I don't think it's good for a small tank.
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