Watch when you use a siphon. :O

  1. bettanewbie Member Member

    I was sick of using little plastic containers to do a water change all the time, so I went out and got a siphon. I have used it before, but in a larger tank. When I used it, it really didn't work, and I was puzzled, until I looked down when I felt water on my foot. It was OVERFLOWING everywhere, so much I jumped and ran to sweep it up. My betta went crazy seeing me run back and forth to clean this. :;smack I learned my lesson now.
     
  2. nippybetta Well Known Member Member

    Holy cow- glad this hasn't happened to me!
     

  3. Wendy Lubianetsky Well Known Member Member

    :usaflag:You sound smarter than me. I have a busy household and I get distracted easily. The water floweth over MANY times in this house. This morning I put the hose in the window fill the larger tank (so I don't have to haul water) and woops. I turned around and water was everywhere. The worse one was when I kicked they hose on my canister lose and it pumped water all over the floor. It is a miracle that my fish room doesn't smell like holy muck. I guess I need to pay more attention and not wander off to "manage my time" in an efficient manner. I end up dry vacing the floor and wasting forever cleaning up (not to mention the wet, fishy towels I have to wash and the endless cases of papertowels that I use).

    Wendy
     

  4. trailblazer295 Well Known Member Member

    I think they have variable speed but we can't adjust it. They go slow when you stand there and watch but the moment you turn around it speeds up.
     

  5. callichma Well Known Member Member

    Oh no! What a nightmare! I have a personal rule that whenever I use my water changing system I must stay in the same room while the tank is filling. I almost always follow this--one of these days I'll be sorry for not following it all the time.

    I use a hand-held gravel vac on my 10g, and many times (when I've tried to multitask) I've ended up with an overflowing bucket. Luckily that tank is in the utility room which has a concrete floor.
     
  6. pirahnah3 Fishlore VIP Member

    Yup been there done this recently. was doing a quick vac with part of a water change on my 75 and the hose fell out of the window and into the room I was in. Took me a good hour to get the carpet dry. Now I have learned to make sure the window in actually pinching the hose.
     
  7. octonaut Member Member

    been there, done that. just glad I have no carpets.
     
  8. Wendy Lubianetsky Well Known Member Member

    :;z:;z:;z
    Anyone who hasn't had at least one disaster is missing out on the joy of aquariuming.
     
  9. bettanewbie Member Member

    Hehe I'm happy others have had this problem too. X'D I was also hoping my fish would not get sucked in either! That would be bad.....
     
  10. Wendy Lubianetsky Well Known Member Member

    My fish are to big to get sucked in, but that would really be a bummer.:-*
     
  11. callichma Well Known Member Member

    That's what I thought too. Recently I was doing a water change on my 90g. I use a water changer and just turn the water on to get the siphon started, then turn it off and let it drain. I noticed that the water flow had decreased so I turned the water back on at the faucet to cause a stronger suction. There was still no improvement (actually the flow had stopped) so I checked the vac. To my horror, one of my roseline sharks had gotten into the vacuum tube and its nose was stuck in the tubing! :( I couldn't shake it loose until I broke the suction--then it swam away like nothing had happened. I added some fish protector, and 2 weeks later all is still well. It did have a mark around its head for a day or so, though.
     
  12. JessiNoel21 Well Known Member Member

    Done it and was able to save the fish every time. My fry think it is a fun tube to swim up and down in. I had fire eel decide it was a good home for its fry( that was fun trying to put them back in their pvc pipe).
     
  13. DIYFishGuy Member Member

    I had some molly fry go thru the siphon and end up in the drain bucket. Having fry in the tank was news to me until i saw them in the bucket
     
  14. Cichlidnut Fishlore VIP Member

    I swear my Endlers think its an amusement park ride or something. They try to swim in to the siphon.