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nano water change question...

Hey guys,

So, I've got a question that I'm sure someone has several clever solutions for:

I have a tank that only has about 5 gallons in it, only about 4-5 in deep. When replacing water, how do I keep the disturbence to a minimum?

I generally pour from a small bowl onto an algae-scraper sponge in my other hand. I've also tried placing a tiny bowl in the tank and directing the stream there.

I'm sure there are some much better tricks than I've thought of.....

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You can use a gravel vacuum in reverse to refill the tank. Just keep the output end of the vacuum underwater to ensure that the current generated is minimal.


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I usually put a bucket with a small tube coming out of it above the tank and have it siphon into the side of the glass.
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I use an old airline hose. It takes forever but doesn't dig giant holes in the substrate.


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I have a nice tall piece of drift wood that reaches the top of the tank. I usually pour the water on that to minimize disruption
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you could also use a powerhead/underwater pump to push water from the bucket up a tube into the tank. it would be easier than siphoning since you wouldnt have to have it higher than the tank water level
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i use wine glasses lol. with them being tall and having a stem and foot it works well for me i take water out and eather pour it into the glass or run a hose into the glass and let it fill the tank that way. if pouring it holds the bubbles from the water and dont make holes
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I've tried many way's but the best I way for me is one of those small Guppy Breeder thingies, it was like 3 or 4 dollars at my LFS. Works great and you can fill the tank quickly without disturbance.



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Generally I just dump some water in from a bucket, but my nano is 12" tall


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i put 1 hand in the tank just under the water level. and pour with my other. pour the water into your hand in the tank to avoid the stream of water from reaching the bottom.
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I have a shallow tray nano with 3" height. The only way I can do it is with a air line from a large coffee mug lol
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I've tried many way's but the best I way for me is one of those small Guppy Breeder thingies, it was like 3 or 4 dollars at my LFS. Works great and you can fill the tank quickly without disturbance.

I like this idea!

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