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water change in a Nano?

I have an 8 Gallon tank, and I'm afraid my python hose would drain the whole tank in a second.

I tried a water change using a mason jar ...but I'm wondering if there's a better option.

Tank has a Beta, 3 Corys, and just started with pearl weed and
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(adding water via mason jar, first dose really disturbed the substrate, after that I had to sink the jar and then let the water spill out gently).
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I would just use the python. its not overly fast to the point where you will drain your tank before you can do anything about it. 50% wc is what I would suggest.

Another option is go to lowes and buy a 5g pale and then go to the plumbing sections and put a small piece of hose with like 1/2" id or so. Just siphon in the bucket and done. The smaller the ID of the hose the longer it will take to drain water. hose per foot can be bought as cheap at $1 or less.

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I use a mason jar and some airline tubing for filling. I use airline tubing and a 5 gallon bucket for draining. My fish don't even notice it's happening, except the water line is lowering/raising. Works great for the 2 and 5 gallons. I generally use it for the 10 gallon as well unless I'm vacuuming something up.

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I drain my tank using a hose thats about 5mm in diameter. It takes about 20 minutes to drain a 5 gallon tank.
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Use the Python and control it with the valve or water flow at the sink. I use mine on 2.5 gallon tanks when I do the bigger ones.
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