01-23-2013, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by FishyFishy89
So you water change with fish IN their tank?
I put my fish in buckets when I water change.
They hang around and check out the vac, chase the sand grains in the tube, come up for a peak at the surface. More like a bunch of puppies than fish. My daughter thought they might get sucked out by accident but I siphon water at about 2 minutes per gallon so they can't get caught in any flow.... far less than the filter draw... that and it's a small vac.
I use tap water and don't need to treat it if you are wondering about adding chemically treated water being an issue. I bring it to within a degree of the tank water temperature.
There's no way I would put the fish through the stress of chasing them with a net and plopping them into a pail then doing the same thing to get them back. Right now there are 13 fish. Next week there will likely be just over 20... plants, driftwood... I wouldn't have even thought to try to remove them for changes, nor would it be likely that I could get them all without uprooting plants and stirring up the sand. The next fish will be cats so the last thing I want to do is get them stuck in the net due to their spines.
Last edited by JDM; 01-23-2013 at 03:53 PM..