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Question Best way to do water changes in a nano?

What is the most efficient way to do water changes in a nano tank? I would like to use a air pump to get the water in and out but haven't done that before. Can someone explain this?
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I guess it depends how small of a nano, its inhabitants, the substrate, and the plant situation.

Some can be handled with a dixie cup to drain, some, a small siphon into a bucket would be better suited.

I don't know about an air pump to move water, but perhaps one of these Tom Aquarium pumps

For a fill of a nano, a 1 gallon jug or 2 should suffice, allowing you to get the temp and treatments in there before dumping in.

BTW, if you cut the top off of a 2-Liter soda bottle, it works as an excellent funnel for filling a 1 Gallon milk-jug style container.


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The old scoop and bucket method works
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I have a little battery powered gravel vac. It has various attachments including a little corner cleaner and an algae scrubber. I use it for all my tanks, and it works great, even if you don't want to vacuum gravel.

With planted nanos, how much water do you guys change each week? My smaller tanks are betta bowls. Some have a couple of plants but none are really "planted" in the best sense of the term, so this is new for me.

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I don't do water changes on my nanos.
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I use a 20 oz. plastic cup to scoop out water in my 2.5 gallon nano. I usually scoop out 5 cups into a bucket, dump that bucket on my azaleas and refill using the same cup from a bucket of clean water (I fill the bucket up deep enough to scoop out the water for the nano using the cup and use the balance to top off my 29 gallon and water the houseplants.)

We have well water with no chlorine or chloramine, so I don't have to worry about treatments -- I just try to get the temperature the same as the tank before I add the fresh water.
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I made a very small vacuum for my nano tanks that works great


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I've used a small nano or a dixie cup. Since I added cherry shrimp, I use the dixie cup. The white inside helps me see if anything was scooped into the cup that shouldn't be.
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I use a white measuring cup from my Dollar $tore set...scoop'n'splash technique...

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-21-2005, 07:01 PM
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Um I use a turkey baster.

It makes water removal and return very acurate and even has the ability to vacuum if needed, but to a limited degree.

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