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Water Change Question?

Hello, so I have been with aquariums for a while now, and I always had debris stir up a good bit when adding water back into my tanks after a water change. I was just wondering, is there a way in which I can lower the amounts of debris being stirred up? And I vacuum the gravel and such very well, I would just like to know what you do to slow down the flow rate.
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In larger tanks it is not much problem but for smaller, I would suggest a way to divert or break up the flow as you put the water back. Using a jug to refill, I just hold my hand under it and pour into my hand.
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Thanks. I have a 10 gallon, and will definitely do that the next time I do a water change.
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In larger tanks it is not much problem but for smaller, I would suggest a way to divert or break up the flow as you put the water back. Using a jug to refill, I just hold my hand under it and pour into my hand.


Yep, the simple ways tend to be the best ways.

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I use a plastic bag... It diverts the water nicely because it stays afloat as you pour.
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Thanks you guys. Love your input.
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I have a rock formation (that i put together) in my 10 gal tank and I pour the water over that and it works well. Click on my profile pick that looks blank here for some reason to get an idea what the rocks look like.

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Sometimes I'll take a spare lid to a deli cup/bucket, and float it on the tank, and pour the water in on that.

Other times I'll find an extra bit of sponge, and pour the water in/on/through that.

Same basic principle with each, just trying to get the same amount of water moving over a larger area, as well as diverted a bit.
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I use a disposable styrofoam party plate to pour the water during changes. Stays afloat and never sinks. It works!!
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I get a small cup and hold it as low as I can inside the tank then pour water directly into cup. Cup fills up and cascades over the top and into the tank with ease.
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I have a small cylindrical container ,about 2 inches high.I poked holes on the side all around,but none on the bottom.Because no holes on the bottom it doesn't go down ,stays afloat even when full of water).I made a hook/handle for it ,so I support it with one hand or hang it on the side of the tank.When pouring water with a jug ,it starts to fill up ,and the water comes out sideways through the holes ,not reaching the bottom.
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I pour the water into my HOB pretty slowly so as not to go over the sides. There also happens to be a vertical piece of wood under the HOB which breaks the flow up further. I change 2.5 gal. x 2.

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Like Rich posted, I simply put my hand palm up a few inches under the water and pour the fresh water onto my palm. Simple & fast, nothing to look for no wet equipment, no engineering, lowest of the low tech.

I use milk jugs to add water.
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I use a colander. For a 10 gal you could get one like this and it should sit across the top

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I use a power filter in every tank. When I replace some water, I do not worry about stirring up muck on the bottom. In a matter of minutes some particles sink back on the gravel and more of them is sucked up in the filter. Rinsing the filter helps to keep water clear.
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