Originally Posted by Pekemom
Ten to fifteen minutes for a water change in a 5 gal?? I'm impressed!! Sounds like you keep your fish in while changing the water?
No, LOL! My mollies are dumbos, they'd get sucked right up!
(I'm actually seeing if they're going to die soon, so no extra stress for them anyways.)
I got one of those "vacuum" things. As soon as I get it going it's no problem getting the water out. I bought a 5 gallon bucket from Home Depot I vacuum the water into. I then dump it into the bath tub, rinse it out, then fill it up with 80* water from the tub faucet. (I use a thermometer to check.) I then drop in the treatment tabs (cholrine & pH) wait for them to dissolve, then my mom helps me pour in the water. I then make sure the fish temp's water is then same and acclimate them for a few minutes.
It's a lot of steps, but it's sooo simple. It's SO much easier now because I can look at the tank and go "Well that's about 50%" then fill the 5 gallon bucket up around half way.