Different type of water change.

  1. Lyfeoffishing

    Lyfeoffishing Well Known Member Member

    Okay so my apartment building is going through a filter cleaning that will take 2 weeks it has been 9 days now and the snail/fish poo is really unsightly. Now all my parameters are fine 0 ammo/nitrites 10 nitrates 7.4 PH.

    Now what I was thinking is I could siphon my substrate and get most of the poo out. Then I could add the water back into the tank after I strain the poo from the water (through a filter sock) so I don't have a low tank volume for the next 4-5 days.

    My tap right now is totally out for water changes cause the readings are 2-4ppm ammo 0 nitrite 20-40 nitrate and a Ph of 8.4+. The manager has reassured me it will go back to normal standards once the filter is change but the PH might go from the old 7.6 to a lower level (which is fine with me).

    So sorry for a long post but will my idea work? Or should I just leave the tank alone till next week?
  2. ppate1977

    ppate1977 Well Known Member Member

    I suppose that's better than nothing. Good luck.
  3. OP

    Lyfeoffishing Well Known Member Member

    Any more thought to this?

  4. ricmcc

    ricmcc Well Known Member Member

    Actually, given that your water parameters are so good, I think that for the brief time remaining you could siphon clean your substrate, and then perhaps exchange the missing water with some pure water, like distilled (unless you have access to RO/DI water), to which you have added a touch of baking soda. Best to you, rick
  5. d

    dgmirage Valued Member Member

    keep us posted with what you do and how it results!
  6. Bob Ellis

    Bob Ellis Valued Member Member

    Do you have a LFS that sells water?

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  7. OP

    Lyfeoffishing Well Known Member Member

    I do have a LFS that sells water but it is really isn't a need for the water change. It's more of a visually eye sore and if it wouldn't be advisable to do it how I see ill just wait till the filter is changed.
  8. hollie1505

    hollie1505 Well Known Member Member

    I would use a turkey baster and suck up the built up poop. You should take less water out that way! Best of luck.xx
  9. OP

    Lyfeoffishing Well Known Member Member

    Thanks for all the responses. I did the change in buckets like I normally do and only lost maybe half a gallon.

    Hollie I didn't think of a turkey baster probably would've been easier.