Originally Posted by furryfarm
luckily most of the algae on my plants had disappeared! that makes me happy! i know i wouldn't have the patience to do a large water change like that every 4-5 days! i get antsy enough waiting around to do a 40% change! today i actually drained the water out my french doors into the backyard! that was nice. i love my siphon but i hate that i have to have the water running in order to drain the water from the tank. today i drained it out without wasting water. :) i changed about 60% of the water today.
Oh, I would never call me Patient. ha ha I use 2 hoses, one drains the water into the drain (and I do not run the water while doing that. As long as the end is lower then the tank, you are good to go. I won't waste water that way either.
I keep the other hose clean and that one connects to my kitchen sink (with an adapter) and I am filling one tank while yacking on the computer, once that is full, I switch it to the other tank which by that time, has drained enough water out. It is relatively fast and easy. Best investment I made for my tank thus far was the second long hose. LOVE it. I use to do my water changes by bucket. NEVER again. That was so bad for my back.
Think about some floating plants. I think your fish will enjoy them as well.
What is not to love about MORE plants, right?
Oh yeah, that pesky thing about more money. ha ha I hear you for awhile there it was like every month I had a large credit card bill from my tanks. I have backed off some as of late as well. They are finally full the the top with plants. haha