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Sucidemonkey 01-17-2009 07:46 PM

Changing Water in my 55 Questiosn
 
so i noticed my tank water was getting really bad, and it started to have floating brown stuff in it (probaly fish poo)

and i decided to get rid of some water so i can make it fresh in there.

So i got my bendy straw and got to work. its been 4 hours and im not even half way done. there has to be an easier way.

You think it will taste better if i put koolaid in my tank? Please help.

Sj45 01-17-2009 07:48 PM

I've had the same problem! I'll be following this thread...:) best of luck - like you said...there HAS TO BE a better way...

epsilonvaz 01-17-2009 08:12 PM

I bought a larger tube from local fish store, has a hand pump on one end to get the flow started, and the end that goes in the tank has a grill so you can swish around the substrate and take out the dirt.

Edit: found a pic online

Edit #2: It's called a biOrb gravel cleaner, works great for my 55gal tho.

http://img.hisupplier.com/var/userIm...s$96113853.jpg

Sucidemonkey 01-17-2009 08:20 PM

so where do i put my mouth?

like is it a bigger straw?

-edit

LAWL!~

So i have to put it in a bucket?

dramaqueen 01-17-2009 09:34 PM

It DOES look like a big straw. lol

MBilyeu 01-17-2009 10:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sucidemonkey (Post 164475)

So i have to put it in a bucket?


Where have you been putting it?

You can buy a gravel vacuum or some plastic tubing from a local hardware store which would be much cheaper, but you want to make sure that you keep it away from your fish otherwise they could get sucked up.

Sj45 01-17-2009 11:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MBilyeu (Post 164508)
Where have you been putting it?

You can buy a gravel vacuum or some plastic tubing from a local hardware store which would be much cheaper, but you want to make sure that you keep it away from your fish otherwise they could get sucked up.

In a 5 gallon bucket...

Mikaila31 01-17-2009 11:33 PM

So how have you been doing water changes so far?

Go get a syphon/ gravel cleaner and a 5 gallon bucket. To start the syphon/ gravel cleaner just suck on the end of the hose until the syphon starts up. Pay attention to your bucket, try to avoid overfilling it:lol:.

qk607 01-17-2009 11:44 PM

I don't sugest you gravel vac your tank everytime you clean your tank. it is recommended that you clean your water every week, I usually gravel vac every other week. On weeks where I dont gravel vac, I just scoop the water out with a 2.5 gallon bucket. This is a lot faster than using any syphon. Just get a 5 gal bucket, and fill it up with a smaller bucket capable of ftting inside your tank. Just scoop the water and dump it. I usually get my whole 55 gal tank completely drained in 10 minues or less.

Mikaila31 01-17-2009 11:55 PM

If you want a hassle free water change then get a python. I've also found that if you have a canister filter, you can disconnect the output hose, but it in a bucket or attach it to a garden hose and run it to a sink, floor drain, or outside. Turn the filter on and it will suck all the water out of the tank and spit it out the hose.

Water changes should be done weekly. Any where from 20-50% is good.


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