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Old 10-04-2011, 08:13 PM   #1 
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Is this an effective way to do a water change?

So it is a pain in my ass to do water changes, so I was wondering if I could just stir up the gravel and then scoop about a gallon out, and then keep scooping and pouring the dirty water into my filter? Its just so hard. To gravel vacuum it I have to take everything out even the divider and a fish.
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Old 10-04-2011, 08:36 PM   #2 
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Pouring it into the filter won't do anything.. you need to rid the water to rid the ammonia and other build ups. What size is your tank? You don't have to take out the divider, I wouldn't imagine.
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Old 10-04-2011, 08:41 PM   #3 
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Its about 3 gallons. I can't get the gravel vac to go, it fits, bit bends the tube and then won't go. Plus it is taller than it is wide, so that doesn't help.
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Old 10-04-2011, 08:42 PM   #4 
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Yeah if you're trying to clean your water pouring it directly into the filter does not work, however if you're trying to clean your filter media, washing it out debris by using old tank water is a good idea, because you'll remove the beneficial bacteria if you use tap water.

For water changes just stir the gravel with the vacuum then start the vacuum and let it just sit there and suck out the water. Most fish will swim away when they see the vacuum. If it's divided I would do 10% on both ends.
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You don't understand, I can't start the vacuum in there. I have to get it so suck.
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:08 PM   #6 
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Have you trie creating suction with a turkey baster or (extremely carefully) your mouth? I have to with my smaller tanks, otherwise I just can't get any suction going.
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:14 PM   #7 
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I suck the water into my vacuum by mouth, I've got it down to a science. But anything under 10g, I just take the fish out and do 100% change. For 50% change, I just take out my water and add new water.
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:31 PM   #8 
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How do you do that without drinking fishwater?

I do use a Turkey baster. How do i do it?

Also, the tube from the filter does come off, and that fits, but won't suck.

Help?
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:38 PM   #9 
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Haha I watch the hose and when the water gets half way to the end, I put my finger over the end and point it at the bucket on the floor and let go. I don't drink the water, although I did once in 2005... Gag.
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:49 PM   #10 
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Yeah I use the suck method too, I've gotten water in my mouth before. Didn't really care, as long as it gets the vacuum going I'm a happy boy!
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