Okay, so I got this brand new tank last week. It's a 3 gallon equip with a filter, heater, gravel, a fake log and 2 little aquarium decorations and 1 red male VT named Dumbledore. I put Dumbledore in his new tank Wednesday of last week. On Sunday I did a 50% water change, by just scooping the water out, and adding new water in (took Dumbledore out to do this). Then yesterday I did a full 100% change, rinsed everything in super hot water, wiped his log and ornaments with a paper towel to get the slimy feeling off, added new water, water conditioner, turned the filter & heater back on and slowly acclimated Dumbledore to his "new" domain.
However, all of this took me close to 2 hours to clean, wipe down, let the filter run the conditioner through, get water temp back to about 80f and acclimating. Is a 100% water change necessary? I don't have live plants, but will be getting some shortly. I will continue 100% changes if need be, I'll just need to set aside more time, or work faster. Only reason I ask this is because moving him from his tank to the Tupperware container really freaked him out and he was not happy with me when it was all said and done.
If it isn't necessary, what do you guys suggest? I don't have a vacuum, although I can pick one up at the store when I go next time.