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Water Changes in Small Tanks

Just curious as to how most people deal with water changes in their small tanks (10 gallons and less). Do you use a python?

I've been using a plain old plastic hose and using the old "suck really fast and then pull away" method to get water into a bucket, and then into the sink, and then refill using a bucket. Not sure if a python is practical on my 10 gallon and my 2.5 gallon tanks. Any opinions?
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I just have a mini gravel vac that I use....put it all into a bucket, and then I normally dump the water out in the flower bed outside. Seems to work pretty well for me.

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i use a python on my 10g. also have a 2.5g that i also use a python on. it just makes things much easier.
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I do the same as you, frosty. I use a one gallon jug for fill-ups, though.
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I syphon water hrough airline tubing into one gallon water jugs, empty, fill, and then syphon the fresh water back in again with airline tubing.

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Airline tubing? I imagine that would take forever. I guess its shrimp and fry safe at least.
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it takes a few minutes to fill a gallon jug with airline tubing, but on such small tanks it doesn't really matter since i'm only doing one or two gallons.
The best advantage i've found is that when I'm refilling, it doesn't disturb the scape at all.

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I use a python on my 20g and my 10g. For the 2.5g I will just use a normal gravel vac that I have. Going to have to fill it back up slowly since it has one particular area of sand only.
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I also use the plastic hose like you, frosty
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extra piece of 3/8" tubing into a bucket then I refill from a 2g water dispenser from the water store. has a nice spigot so I can control how fast and how much also adding stuff is easy as I can put everything in and jsut shake the jug to mix it well.

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If you didn't gravel vac, couldn't you just take out water with cups and replace it (in a 5 gallon tank)?

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I've done that before as well. It sucks.I started using a 1 gallon whey protein jug but my fish kept wanting to swim into the flow.
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Also do the siphon/airline thing: it takes me less than 10 minutes usually to change out the water in my 5 gallon. However, I don't vacuum the substrate (ADA Aquasoil) either - the invert crew in the tank takes care of that.

Also, put a thin piece of stretched filter-floss or something over the opening to the siphon so you don't accidentally remove any inhabitants...
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