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Old 03-29-2012, 02:07 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Ho-boy! : P

Alright, so, I've now had Loki for just under a week, and when I did a water change yesterday, which took me nearly 2 hours, his fresh water turned out SUPER foggy and gross looking! What the hell happened?

I didn't clean off his toys/buildings, as advised, and missed the gravel up a bit to stir up any food I missed during daily excess clean ups, and I replaced over 50% of his old gross water... : ( I wanna fix this today, but I'm looking for advice first, before I just make the same mistake!
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:17 PM   #2 
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When I do changes, I empty the tank completely and take everything out to wash under hot water, including the gravel. Things get pretty slimy after a week.
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:22 PM   #3 
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When I do changes, I empty the tank completely and take everything out to wash under hot water, including the gravel. Things get pretty slimy after a week.
I used to do that, before I had a 5 gallon tank, but now it's just too hard! I can't carry the tank into the kitchen on my own (and I'm home alone today), so I was looking for a way to do water changes without having to lift that huge tank.

But, honestly, I'm starting to think that I've just gotta do the full on tank cleaning... WHY DOES SUCH A TINY FISH HAVE SUCH A HEAVY TANK?
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:07 PM   #4 
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Try having a 10 gallon. xD I have to lug 2 gallon buckets around. >.<

On the topic (lol), the water might get cloudy after water changes as the gravel is all stirred up.
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:15 PM   #5 
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Yeah, I was thinking as much... I've gotta take some of the gravel out, anyway... Uuuuh!! Loki better appreciate this!
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Are you using a gravel siphon or vaccume?
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:25 PM   #7 
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No, I just use a turkey baster twice a day to get as much of the left over food as I can
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:28 PM   #8 
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A gravel siphon would be better. They can be a pain to get going, but are a life-saver. They are about 10 dollars US I think.
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Old 03-29-2012, 04:06 PM   #9 
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Ya, those siphons work great. :)
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Old 03-29-2012, 04:31 PM   #10 
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I'll take a look! Thanks! :D (If only I hadn't splurged on roller skating gear today : P)
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