Just recently got a fish tank, I am not really sure how the water changes work and I wanna do it right. I did buy a gravel vacuum which I should help as far as I know. Any help would be appreciated
Uh... I’ve had it for 8 days now. What hose? And idk what stocking isHave you cycled your tank?
When did you set the tank up?
Start the siphon by sucking on the other end of the hose with the vacuum in the tank. Put the other end in a bucket, when the bucket fills up take the vacuum end out of the tank to stop the flow and pour the water in the bucket away. Do 50% water changes every week. You need to fill the bucket back up with tap water that has been dechlorinated and is around the same temperature as the tank water.
What is your stocking?
Oh ewI would recommend getting a siphon hand pump, saves you from getting fish waste in your mouth
Uh... I’ve had it for 8 days now. What hose? And idk what stocking is
have 10 zebra danios and 2 bristlenose pleccosLike the other end of the gravel vacuum, the hose part,
Stocking is the amount and types of fish you have
No liquid test kit, 20 gallon tank. I also have this. Should this be good?Tank size? Also, do you have a liquid test kit?
Also how would I not have to manually siphon it out?Tank size? Also, do you have a liquid test kit?
Ohhh so I should be good then? LOL really didn’t wanna suck waterExact one I have, built in hand pump, sorry missed the first post, I'm a squirrel
So I’m assuming I should do it today, what should be my steps?Exact one I have, built in hand pump, sorry missed the first post, I'm a squirrel
Alright, I’ll have to get a test kit on ThursdayDefinitely get a test kit. You're going to want a baseline reading for pH, ammonia, nitrites and nitrates for the cycling process.
Alright what about refilling the tank? And do I suck a certain part of the water or... sorry it’s my first timeYes that works great. Put the tube end in the tank, the other end with the pump into a bucket. Pump it until water starts coming out into the bucket, creating a constant suction. Make sure your bucket is lower than your tank so gravity can do it's thing
Ah ok so basically unplug the filter and the heater and use the vacuum to take 5 gallons or so into a bucket? What about new waterYou could stir up the gravel or sand a little and take it up that way, or just place the tube right on the gravel and you'll see it taking up debris and waste. Move it all around, and try not stirring up too much, it can be messy.
IMPORTANT turn off your heater before removing water. If you run your heater without the water at the water line, it can burn out. Turning off the filter keeps the mess down and minimizes build up in your filter
have water conditionerWhen adding new water, make sure you treat the water with Prime or other conditioner to remove metals/chlorine and detoxifies ammonia, making it safe for your fish. It's also VERY important to match the temp of your fresh water to the temp of the tank. Temperature shock can kill fish very easily.
Really? Someone said usually filter cleaning would be like 2 or so monthsThis is also a great time to clean filter pads and impeller of your filter. ALWAYS use tank water to rinse filter parts/pads/foam. Using straight tap can kill important bacteria growth in your filter, which houses the majority of the bacteria colony the tank needs.
No liquid test kit, 20 gallon tank. I also have this. Should this be good?
Ah ok cool I just wanna make sure I’m doing everything right, still kinda confusedAbsolutely. That type of siphon hose a bulb to start the siphoning without you having to suck on the tube.
Alright I’ll just go over it real quick to tell you what I’m doing so I know it’s right . Should I get 5 gallons of water and put conditioner in it first and let it set for like an hour?There's a lot to learn and lots of work ahead, but very interesting and rewarding. I started this hobby in February and believe me, I was exactly where you are now. Don't stress and be patient
It is absolutely paramount that you read about the nitrogen cycle AND get a water testing kit. Most hobbyist use the API Master Test kit. Just go to Google and type in...freshwater aquarium nitrogen cycle. It is very important to proper fish keeping.Ah ok cool I just wanna make sure I’m doing everything right, still kinda confused
Oh yea I did appreciate it. Just need to get the master test kit. Low budget rnIt is absolutely paramount that you read about the nitrogen cycle AND get a water testing kit. Most hobbyist use the API Master Test kit. Just go to Google and type in...freshwater aquarium nitrogen cycle. It is very important to proper fish keeping.
Alright I’ll just go over it real quick to tell you what I’m doing so I know it’s right . Should I get 5 gallons of water and put conditioner in it first and let it set for like an hour?
Alright so turn off filter/heater. Start vacuuming water cleaning up rocks/gravel and such. Then to refill I just put the water conditioner in first then start putting the tap water in?When you go to refill during you water change, just put the proper dose of water conditioner first and it will mix in as you add the water and you can pour it in the tank immediately. Make sure to get your refill water from the kitchen sink or bathtub so you can adjust the water temperature as close as you can to the tank water. Never cold water from a hose.
How long should it sit in the bucket for?Make sure to temperature match it. I get close using my finger to match the temps, so I don't have to wait a long time for it to drop on its own. Ithen verify with thermometer. I add conditioner in first, then fill the bucket so it mixes around.
You can take a whole 5 gallon bucket to the tank if you want, but it be easier in you and the fish if you have a 1 gallon container to transfer it from the 5 gallon bucket to the tank.How long should it sit in the bucket for?
That works too.I have small, 2qt plastic pitchers that fit in my 20gal so I don't have to pour the water, just place the whole container in and slowly tip. It's much faster and keeps from stirring up debris.