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assasin6547 02-25-2013 10:37 PM

Nano tank maintenance questions
 
So how do you nano owners go about doing water changes? I can't really siphon water out or put it in using a bucket or else I disturb the substrate, fish and plants.:help:
For now, I've been using a small 3 pint glass to take the water out then replace but it is such a PITA! Even though my aquarium is only 5.5 gallons it still takes forever.

dr3ww3rd 02-26-2013 12:04 AM

I also have a 5.5 gallon. I always drain out about 50-80% of the water. When I refill the tank I put in a paper plate over part of the substrate. I then fill a 5 gallon bucket with water and use a glass to scoop water from the bucket and pour on the paper plate so it doesn't mess up the substrate or plants. Sounds complicated but it's not

assasin6547 02-26-2013 12:16 AM

How do you drain it? Does your tank have a valve/seal/hole?

sarahspins 02-26-2013 12:23 AM

On my smallest tanks I drain water with airline tubing... it's slow, but everything else drains way too fast.

hlaalu 02-26-2013 12:25 AM

I drain it with regular 1/2 inch tubing into a bucket, and when pouring water back in I pour it slowly over my hand.

assasin6547 02-26-2013 12:38 AM

Wait I don't get it... How do you get the water to flow down?

pwolfe 02-26-2013 12:43 AM

create a syphon

Barbgirl 02-26-2013 12:58 AM

Re: Nano tank maintenance questions
 
Very carefully. Hehe

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Jarek Strzechowski 02-26-2013 01:12 AM

+1 on the airline tubing. Pouring in clean water I just disperse it with my hand and pour slowly.

stanzzzz 02-26-2013 04:07 AM

+1 on airline tubing as well, I suck the water into bucket n then replace it with new water, I don't use hands as my plant have a good grip on soil, there is a driftwood on my bowl so put the water onto my driftwood n it acts like a hand .

mistahoo 02-26-2013 05:55 AM

Re: Nano tank maintenance questions
 
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Originally Posted by stanzzzz (Post 2651650)
+1 on airline tubing as well, I suck the water into bucket n then replace it with new water, I don't use hands as my plant have a good grip on soil, there is a driftwood on my bowl so put the water onto my driftwood n it acts like a hand .

+2 airline tubing. Just stick one end into the tank and suck the other. Make sure your the end outside the tank is lower than the one in the tank so it will create a siphon. Take your mouth off fast or you'll be tasting some nasty water!

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Bluek24a4 02-26-2013 06:44 AM

On my 5.5 nanos I use air line tubing to simultaneously drip in water from one bucket and another tube to drip out tank water into another bucket.

Bananariot 02-26-2013 07:27 AM

K so you have to create a siphon like everyone one has said.

What is important is that the end of the tube NOT in ur tank has to be lower than the aquarium ur draining from.
Say ur aquarium is at about 4 ft off the ground, you have to make sure the other end of the end of the pipe not in the water is like at the 3 ft level.

Sometimes if ur lucky enough the water will push itself all the way through the tube. Most times you have to suck the end to get the air out. Personally I use a mini syringe.

The perks of having parents that work in the medical field.

aznartist34 02-26-2013 09:50 AM

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.

DefStatic 02-26-2013 01:32 PM

How often are people doing this?


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