Same equipment to clean multiple tanks?

queenpickles

I suspect my community tank has some fish with Ich.

We have 3 moderately sized tanks.

55 gallon - goldfish
30 gallon - community
15 gallon - betta

Usually we use a Python to make our lives easier. With suspected Ich, I told my husband we need to go pick up a new Python to not cross contaminate the tanks.

He said it was “stupid” and people with multiple tanks don’t have 7 pythons. He said we need to be smart about it and maybe alternate water change schedules and then leave it outside in the sun.

I’m concerned about doing that because can’t it still survive if there’s water in the tube?

Anyway, main question: do you use the same equipment to clean all your tanks, or do you have separate equipment?
 

BigManAquatics

I tend to have seperate nets for each tank and then 2-3 vacs for a total of 4 tanks, plus a seperate bucket, net, vac and scrubber for quarantine/hospital tank.
 
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mattgirl

If I suspected a problem with one tank I would probably just use buckets and a normal siphon to do water changes in the suspect tank. You could still refill with the python.
 
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86 ssinit

I’m with Mattgirl on this. Different to drain but the sam3 going back in. Just make sure the intake stays out of the water. For qt I have it’s own stuff.
 
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Cherryshrimp420

You don't have to worry about disease, it's mostly macroscopic things that can cross over tanks...like duckweed, riccia, hydra, leeches, snails, just to name a few....
 
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