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water change

hi,

quick newbie question..
how do you change water without disturbing the substrate?
i just started last month, i do 30-50% water change every week in my 10g and i always encounter this problem..

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add the water slowly, or put something like a plate over the gravel.
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by the way, i have glosso in the foreground, i forgot to mention it.. and it's been growing crazy since i got new lights for the tank.. it's been starting to carpet bout probably at 25% now.. would that still be okay even i have those plants there? thanks..
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Welcome!

As stated I would pour the water in slowly. If you have something like a bucket or stool taller than your tank you can place your water container on that and then siphon the water from that to your tank.

When adding water I use a plastic bag, ect. to pour the water on. Once you start to pour the water in it will hold the bag down and is not heavy so it will not disturb your gravel (maybe put a little dent where you are pouring the water) or glosso.

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On a small tank I use typical one gallon bottled water jugs. I slightly submerse the cap and pour the water right over it. Try it.
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I hold my cupped hand palm side up just under the water surface and pour into it.


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Buy a python, if you don't know what that is. Its a long clear hose you can hook up to your faucet in your sink... you can drain and refill this way. Super easy to use.

Look it up
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I pour water from a 1 liter over a plastic spoon floated right above the waterline. I guess if it came down to it I could upgrade to a ladle. Go big or go home right?
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thanks for the replies.. i'm gonna try to use the plastic bag method.. and i'm gonna check my LFS for the python siphon thingy, i hope it won't be over $20..
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I know this is pretty late (wasn't on this forum in April but found this thread doing a search for somthing else), but I use a small sheet of bubble wrap. I put it on top of the water and let the water flow onto that. It seems to work pretty well. It floats, so it rises as the water level goes up, and no real disturbance to the substrate.
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that's clever.. i'll keep than in mind next time.. thanks.
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