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post #16 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-26-2013, 02:58 PM
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Every water change. BTW Don't suck on the end. You are asking for an intestinal parasite. Go to Walmart, ask the pharmacy for a medicine dropper. They will give you one for free.
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post #17 of 32 (permalink) Old 02-26-2013, 03:09 PM
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I use a 5 foot piece of tubing that I got from a hardware store. A quick inhale gets the water flowing and I never inhale any water. I rinse it out a couple of times after use. My vertical distance between the ends of the tube is about 3 feet, as long as the outflow is lower vertically than the inflow then you shouldn't have any problems.
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For nanos around that size the best thing I've found is a hose somewhere between airline and 1/2" filter house. The airline tubing is so thin that one piece of gravel will clog it and it get's frustrating, but the next size up I guess around 1/4" or so is usually ideal from my experience.
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Fill the tubing with water and hold both ends closed with your thumbs or fingers. Place one end into the tank and the other end outside the tank into a container making sure that the outflow end is lower than the inflow end. Gravity will take care of the rest. Still can't believe people suck out water with their mouths when it's that simple.
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Airline tubing-how you create a siphon is up to you. How far above the tank you raise the outgoing water container helps regulate the water flow. The higher above the tank you raise it, the faster the flow; conversely, as you lower it to tank level (or below) the flow rate slows (or stops).

You can direct the flow onto a piece of hardscape or against the sidewall of the tank/vase to help disperse the force of the water. For my smaller tanks--especially very shallow ones or those with sand- I'll put my thumb over the end and let it just barely dribble out.
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i use the hose from a gravel vac, and a gloved hand on the end in the bucket to stop if needed.

i put mesh over the part in the tank (to save shrimp from being sucked up)

i refill
lets see if i can explain it...
a funnel in a filter hose piece (6" or so of hose) then i put the filter hose into a nitequil dose cap and press against the glass a bit to hold it just above the bottom of the dose cap. then pour water into the funnel.

the water goes up, not down into substrate, so nothing gets moved around.

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you could glue hose side to dose cup and that would help a LOT.

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Also use an airline tubing, but agree with those who say it clogs easily. Pinching the clog helps it move along.

To refill, I mix water in a plastic juice pitcher (the old tupperware kind), place the lid on the water and slowly pour the water onto the lid. As the lid floats, it will stay at the water level and disperses the water so it doesn't disturb the substrate or plantings.


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I use airline or or a slightly wider hose from Home Depot to drain the tank. To fill it, I have a little sump that I put in a bucket of clean water and secure the hose to the driftwood and let it fill slowly. It doesn't disturb the substrate and I don't have to sit there and dump in cups of water.
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Fill the tubing with water and hold both ends closed with your thumbs or fingers. Place one end into the tank and the other end outside the tank into a container making sure that the outflow end is lower than the inflow end. Gravity will take care of the rest. Still can't believe people suck out water with their mouths when it's that simple.
How is filling the tube with water more simple than sucking? Sucking is like breathing in a breathe of air it's that fast.
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It's not as simple but at least now I don't need to put my mouth to the tubing.

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Ok. You say that now just like girls say they're not going to suck. Start doing water changes week after week, month after month, you'll put your mouth to the tubing.
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LOL I've always sucked on the tube. It's not that hard. I haven't gotten sick yet. IMO it's hard to get sick unless your tank has parasites and all other kinds of nasties.
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ok. You say that now just like girls say they're not going to suck. Start doing water changes week after week, month after month, you'll put your mouth to the tubing.

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That is uber hilarious

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How is filling the tube with water more simple than sucking? Sucking is like breathing in a breathe of air it's that fast.

I never said it was more simple, I said it was ''that simple''. When I don't have to put something in my mouth that doesn't belong, then I'll take that extra 2-3 seconds of work. Been doing this for 3 years to multiple tanks each week and I've still not ''tired'' of it.
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