Originally Posted by FishyFishy89
My betta tank doesn't need water changes. But I do em to vacuum up SOME shrimpie poo and wipe down the algae on the walls.
My aim is to have my 75 gal get like that.
I've always put my fish in buckets because I didn't want to risk hurting them with the vac. And for some unknown reason I feel like putting them in their buckets is less stressful than watching something strange going around their home and feeling the water drastically changing. Even tho I KNOW that both would likely be equally stressful.
Fish are pretty nimble and are extremely unlikely to be harmed by the vac... i doubt that you could hurt them intentionally with it, not that you would try. If in a small tank and they don't have anywhere to hide... sure, I could see them stressing. I would think that being swallowed by a net would be more stressful than hiding from the vac though.
I can just hear them thinking "oh f$%^, oh f$%^, oh f$%^... I'm done for now", twice every time you do the pail trick. If you think about which you would rather in your home, not that we can really compare ourselves to fish but, imagine avoiding the vacuum cleaner from room to room or someone chasing you around the house to catch you and stick you outside in a large box instead. I'd pick option A every time.
After seeing Oscar doing his surfing and the barbs hanging around wondering when it is their turn, I don't think they notice any real difference in the water... a couple of degrees of hardness when it's already around 20 aren't going to be an issue.
It boils down to each their own and whatever works as I am sure we could argue the advantages of anything we do that is different than the other all day long and nobody would be wrong.
Look at BBob, he keeps poking his 2 cents in every chance he can get, not too many agree with him but he's not wrong.