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Old 09-08-2013, 08:04 PM   #1 
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Is storm and dip really that bad?

So I have had my 5 gal tank set up and cycling for about 6 weeks now and during this time when I do 50% water changes it i do it by stirring up the gravel and cupping out the yucky water. Is this effective? Is a gravel vacuum necessary? I know y'all will say they are cheap and I know they are but I'm trying to save every expense I can. That said I don't want to harm my betta, I want the best life possible for him. Is stir and dip really that bad for your tank?
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Old 09-08-2013, 10:21 PM   #2 
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So I have had my 5 gal tank set up and cycling for about 6 weeks now and during this time when I do 50% water changes it i do it by stirring up the gravel and cupping out the yucky water. Is this effective? Is a gravel vacuum necessary? I know y'all will say they are cheap and I know they are but I'm trying to save every expense I can. That said I don't want to harm my betta, I want the best life possible for him. Is stir and dip really that bad for your tank?
Is your fish in the tank? If so don't stir. Get a piece of hose and just siphon your water like siphoning gas.
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:56 AM   #3 
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So there's no way around getting a gravel vacuum then? He is in the tank.
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So there's no way around getting a gravel vacuum then? He is in the tank.
You need a gravel vac. If it's about money, a piece of water hose or some other hose you find laying around will work as long as it hasn't been in gas or oil or something nasty. A hose is much less stressful on your fish. Much easier on you.

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Old 09-09-2013, 02:33 PM   #5 
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I don't use gravel vacs, I use a piece of 1.00 tubing from the hardware store. We bought all 3 sizes of the gravel vacs and I just don't like them, much prefer the plain tubing.
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Alright I gave in and got a gravel vac lol.
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Alright I gave in and got a gravel vac lol.
Worth it first time you use it.
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