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Old 11-23-2013, 09:15 AM   #11
 
Next she will say she got an iron to take the creases out her plants lol
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Old 11-23-2013, 09:20 AM   #12
 
But on a slightly serious note. Would it be bad to recycle my water when I'm vacuuming as I don't want to change more than 20% at a time and I don't feel I have the chance to really clean enough of the gravel. My tank is only about 10 liters so 2 litres is about 20% if I'm lucky I get to clean 20 - 30% of the gravel.
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Old 11-23-2013, 09:31 AM   #13
 
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I own an iron
But i havent used it in years lol
But i'm curious why only 20%? Unless you have a specific reason why not its usually perfectly safe to do much more. Often my tanks will get a 50-75% water change. If your just putting the water back in so you can vacuum more I dont see a problem but it seems like more effort then its worth. You dont have to always vacuum all of your gravel. However peronally id just go up to 50% for water changes.
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:02 AM   #14
 
What's an iron?
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Old 11-23-2013, 11:31 AM   #15
 
An iron is a thing you use for a golf short game. Lol

I only do 20% as it's a small tank I do however do a couple of water changes ever other week.
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Old 11-23-2013, 11:35 AM   #16
 
I thought 5ltr out of a 10ltr tank is a lot worse than 30ltr out of a 60ltr tank
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Old 11-23-2013, 12:17 PM   #17
 
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Only if your water chemistry from your tap is a good bit diffrent then your tank should you worry. If its not that diffrent then 5gallons out of 10 or 100 out of 200gallons should all be fine.
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Old 11-23-2013, 04:13 PM   #18
 
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I thought 5ltr out of a 10ltr tank is a lot worse than 30ltr out of a 60ltr tank
It's the same difference. 50% is 50% is 50%
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Old 11-23-2013, 04:32 PM   #19
 
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I cant speak or that brand but the eheim one I have is actually really nice. But make sure you still change your water. Its pretty fast so i can use it while im changing my water to speed up the process on my larger tanks.
Me too, I've got an Eheim and although pricey at 47 euros it is well worth it. I did have a cheap one that used a sock to catch the dirt in but they then cost to keep replacing.
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Old 11-23-2013, 06:19 PM   #20
 
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It's the same difference. 50% is 50% is 50%
And honestly if anyone experiences chemistry swings i'd think it would be you since you change your water like once in a blue moon then do 80% . But your fish have always seemed healthy and well kept. Only out of curiosity would i bother checking when years of experience preceed any testing.

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Me too, I've got an Eheim and although pricey at 47 euros it is well worth it. I did have a cheap one that used a sock to catch the dirt in but they then cost to keep replacing.
I do love that toy. But as Rickey said I did drop half of a C note on it however I never claimed to be tight or even responsible with money. I like buying stuff out of pure curiosity instead of *need*
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