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02-28-2013 05:50 PM
houseofcards On my nanos of that size, as mentioned I use a hose somewhere between airline and filter size, but to refill I just refill with 1 gallon water jugs and pour it in over the top that comes with the jug. It sprays around and doesn't disturb anything.
02-28-2013 05:43 PM
Redtail84 I have a standard 2.5 gallon, and I use the hose that came with my gravel vac. I just don't use the gravel vac itself. I put the bucket on the floor, and create a siphon from the tank to the bucket. When I refill, I put the bucket on top of stack of books next to the tank so it is higher than the tank. Then I just do the same siphoning from the bucket to the tank, and I hold the end of the hose against the glass so it doesn't disturb the substrate.
02-28-2013 10:37 AM
aznartist34
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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.
02-28-2013 02:57 AM
assasin6547 That is uber hilarious
02-28-2013 02:46 AM
mistahoo
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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.

rooooooooooooooooofllllllllllllllllllllllcoooooooo oopptteeeeerrrrrr!!!!!!
02-28-2013 02:45 AM
mistahoo 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.
02-28-2013 02:41 AM
Xalyx 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.
02-28-2013 02:38 AM
assasin6547 It's not as simple but at least now I don't need to put my mouth to the tubing.
02-28-2013 02:36 AM
Xalyx
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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.
02-28-2013 12:39 AM
Catie79 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.
02-27-2013 12:05 AM
bluestems 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.
02-26-2013 11:38 PM
laqu 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.

Blank-4 by laq997, on Flickr

you could glue hose side to dose cup and that would help a LOT.
02-26-2013 09:27 PM
Knotyoureality 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.
02-26-2013 09:02 PM
assasin6547
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Originally Posted by aznartist34 View Post
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.
Thanks, that was really helpful.
02-26-2013 04:15 PM
houseofcards 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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