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Old 03-07-2012, 06:28 PM   #11 
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The way I do it is putting my thumb over the end of the tube and put it in my mouth, that way you have a way of stopping the water before it reaches your throat. Also siphons work with gravity so if you have the bucket you're emptying the dirty water into, lower than your tank, it will flow much faster.
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:50 PM   #12 
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Another thing to do is make a tight fist around the end of the tube (basically make an extension to it with your hand) and then put your mouth against your hand... feels a little less ick. =)
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:26 PM   #13 
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I use a Python changer. No buckets, no mess, drains AND refills a 30 gallon in less than 5 minuets. $50 for the Python and $25 for the extension hose.
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Old 03-08-2012, 03:59 AM   #14 
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Keep the 'suck' part of the siphon hose above the tank and a sag of hose below the top of the tank. You can see when to stop sucking. Thumb over hose and insert in bucket.

I never suck tank water this way.

(I do however take an occasional sip.
It doesn't taste bad. I'd worry if it did.)
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Old 03-09-2012, 03:54 PM   #15 
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What great techniques to avoid drinking tank water! I'm actually excited for the next water change to try them :P Thanks everyone!
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:01 PM   #16 
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Hallyx I agree. if it tasted bad, then people should worry LOL. I've come across so many "I accidentally got fish water in my mouth... WILL I DIE?!" panicked people and the answer: .....no.

I got a cheap walmart siphon. Works better than the pet store siphon that came with a tank I got for free from someone. :3 I only do the sucking part, but if I had the pump type one I would like to try it.

Mine says to do the up down motion, to get the siphoning to start. Blah. doesn't work >.>
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:13 PM   #17 
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I believe petsmart sells the smaller ones with a small pump you squeeze several times.
I have one of the VERY originals where you have to fill the whole siphon with water, no bubbles or air pockets. Plug the end that goes into the bucket, submerge the top (upright without spilling the water) into the tank/unplug the other end into a bucket.

It might work with the new ones with you are willing to try.
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:23 PM   #18 
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I use a Python changer. No buckets, no mess, drains AND refills a 30 gallon in less than 5 minuets. $50 for the Python and $25 for the extension hose.
I just googled this and I will be buying this for our 75 gallon :)
I've tried pouring buckets of water in there/it hurts my back VERY much.
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