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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-06-2014, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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How do you change water without disrupting plants?

I have been doing water changes due to high nitrite levels. I pour in water from a bucket disrupting all the poor s. repens.

I try to pour the water in against the wall of the tank to slow it down.

Could someone please tell me how I change water without disrupting the plants?

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don't pour it in with a bucket.

get the bucket higher than the tank and get a siphon going with a tube. this is easy enough to do just giving it a quick suck to get the water in the tube over the edge of the bucket.

or do what I do; use a low GPH pond pump.


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Or get a python and fill right from the tap.
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If you must use the bucket... Put a small cup in the tank and pour all your water into the tank. Similarly to the way you fill a tank the first time with out disruption of the substrate

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I use a colander from the dollar store. I set it on the top of the tank and pour into it. The water drips in like rain. Minimal disruption!
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I use a bucket and pour on to a butter bowl lid to keep the water stream from disrupting the substrate

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Diy python. Garden plastic hose splitter, barb to fit desired hose size. Hose long enough to reach tank from kitchen sink. Adapter for kitchen sink to garden hose splitter. Easy as can be. Plants don't get disrupted, can change 40 gallons of water in about an hour while pruning, and anything else I want to do within eye shot distance. Hated doing the bucket brigade and pythons are too darn expensive.

If in doubt, add more plants!

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one hand with 5gallon bucket one hand in the tank dispersing the water
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one hand with 5gallon bucket one hand in the tank dispersing the water


All this talk about cups, bowls, siphons and colanders....2 hands and a water container is all you need. One hand holding a water jug and the other cupped inside tank catching the water. Have a paper towel handy to wipe down your wet hand when finished.
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We use a cheap pump from truaqua.

The collander sounds like a great idea though.
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I use a marineland maxi jet. It normally sits in my tank as a powerhead, and doubles as a pump for water changes. $18 or so on amazon was definitely worth it. If you decide to go that route, double check the head height of the specific model you want.
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I use a Aqueon Water Changer hose attached to my sink, and fill up my tank really slowly. Works like a charm!
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For my smaller tanks I have a bucket of cured water, a clean cup, and an unused ziplock/plastic food storage bag. Put bag on water surface and cup out water from bucket and pour onto the bag, it takes longer but disperses the water and keeps it from disturbing plants or fine substrate like sand.

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I pour my water over my driftwood.
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I pour the water on my driftwood or any large rock
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