Aquarium Partial Water Changes

I guess, when reading the term "Partial water change", I thought it meant to vacuum the bottom and remove 25% of the water (all at the same time). So, am I not doing a partial water change correctly? Could this be the reason for such mortality in my tank? ??? I feel like a total dunce right now, but maybe this could also help out some other newbies. Thanks to anyone who knows.
 
Hmm. That is also how I've done water changes for the last year and a half. I always vacuum the bottom and remove water at the same time. I usually do all over the bottom of my 10 gallon tank and usually one side each time on my 55 gallon tank. I usually do water changes religiously every 7-10 days. ???
 
And you don't have fish dying often? Have you ever had a problem with dead fish? Like I said, I've medicated numerous times with different things and I just have no idea.
 
My boy friend has fish since he was a little boy
he does not do the bottom of the tak each time as you lose some of what
has made the water

if that makes since
 

Adz

hey there,

I'm very new to this hobby...how do you vaccume the bottom and change the water at the same time?
How do you Vaccume the bottom?
 
Adz, you can buy gravel cleaners at any fish stores. They siphon out water, and at the same time pick up the gravel and siphon out debris. FishFan, I'm sure you're doing water changes correctly, so there must be other reasons for your fish dying.
 
Yeah, I think someone figured it out for me...I rinse the wick/permanent filters with TAP water instead of leaving it alone...hence, I am washing away the bacteria needed in my tank! I didn't know! *shrug* But-I've learned-and that's what we're all here for
 

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