08-06-2013, 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by jentralala
That's what you say now ;) It starts with one, I swear!
Haha just kidding. Kind of. But a bit of gunk is normal, I agree with others and up the size of the water change, especially if you don't have live plants. Even in my planted tank I change out about 50% of the water.
Are you using buckets? Water changes can be a lot smoother and quicker if you just drain the water outside/into a sink/shower with a long siphon, and then fill the tank by attaching the siphon to a faucet. I made my own attachments, but you can buy something like that premade. Just google Automatic Water Changer, it should pop up :)
Takes me about 20 minutes to drain my 35 gallon halfway and fill it. It would be quicker but I fill slowly. :)
I have a 3 gallon bucket. I only have a 20 gallon tank so a 15% water change only takes 1 bucket full. My tank is not planted.