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Why can't I get a tank cleaning system that works?

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Why can't I get a tank cleaning system that works?
Old 06-18-2011, 02:40 PM   #11
 
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I feel your pain Inga. Mine is sitting idle while I lug gallon jugs around every weekend :(

Good luck and let us know how the metal adapter works for you.

The metal adapter is AWESOME!!!!

Finally I can clean my tank and then fill it with the hose. It took 1/2 the time to do it and I won't have a back ache. Not to mention I can get rid of the unsightly milk jugs sitting around my basement. ha ha

I will be able to clean my tanks a couple times a week now, it is so easy. I always did once but wished it wasn't such a process. I still am not a fan of the having the water running to siphon so I simply siphon with the old siphon like I used to (it runs into the bathtub drain) and I can be filling the first tank while the last of the water is draining from the next tank etc... I keep checking temps of course and clean out the gravel first by hand then just let the hose sit in the tank draining while I am filling the other tank. I LOVE IT!!!

Romad, get the metal adapter, it is wonderful. It is $5.99 at Dr. Foster's and Smith. Once again, I must say how much I LOVE Dr. Foster's and Smith too. I was so disappointed when I got the kit and it didn't work that they gave me the metal adapter. They have the BEST customer service. I must say, I buy a lot of stuff from them and mostly it is because of the fantastic customer service. That is so lacking in other places, I don't even try other places anymore. If Dr. Foster's and Smith have what I am looking for it isn't even a question, I get it from them.

I can't believe I was actually excited to change the tank water today. ha ha They look so happy and the tanks are sparkling.
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Old 06-18-2011, 02:46 PM   #12
 
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Yeah!! Be brave and cash in those milk jugs... what do you get .25 cents each return? woohoo!

And for the newbies who read this thread and run out and get one of these syphon hoses because we love them sooooo much.... make sure your heater is low in your tank so that when you syphon water out you do not expose it and crack it.
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Old 06-18-2011, 02:50 PM   #13
 
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Yeah!! Be brave and cash in those milk jugs... what do you get .25 cents each return? woohoo!

And for the newbies who read this thread and run out and get one of these syphon hoses because we love them sooooo much.... make sure your heater is low in your tank so that when you syphon water out you do not expose it and crack it.

Ha Ha, Not even, I just toss them into the recycle bin. :)

Good point about the heater, that is never good to have them out of the water.

I am sooooo happy with this hose now. Even though it doesn't work like it is supposed to, or rather I find it more efficient to use it just as a hose. Sure beats lugging water. I told my fish they could expect their tanks cleaned 2-3 times a week now. I think I saw them roll their eyes. ha ha
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Old 06-18-2011, 03:49 PM   #14
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And for the newbies who read this thread and run out and get one of these syphon hoses because we love them sooooo much.... make sure your heater is low in your tank so that when you syphon water out you do not expose it and crack it.
Better to just unplug it while you are doing the cleaning.
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Old 06-18-2011, 03:52 PM   #15
 
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I always forgot to plug it back in... then 3 days later I wonder why the temporature was at 68 (in the winter). I'm kind of forgetful. lol
But yes that is much safer!!
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Old 06-18-2011, 03:56 PM   #16
 
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I always forgot to plug it back in... then 3 days later I wonder why the temperature was at 68 (in the winter). I'm kind of forgetful. lol
But yes that is much safer!!

I never unplug mine either but It is never exposed. I keep it about 3 inches from the bottom of the tank and if I drain that much out my poor fish would be flopping instead of swimming. I am also careful to try to keep the temperature as close to the old water as I can. Admittedly, my little Guppies like swimming through the cool fresh water as it is coming out of the hose/ milk bottle. ha ha
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Old 06-19-2011, 06:38 AM   #17
 
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I'm glad that worked out for you Inga. Happy water changing :) :)

I'll def. check into that metal adapter now. Thanks.
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