I could use some advice about water changes in Fishy Boris's (a betta) five-gallon planted tank. 1. A water change obviously stirs up stuff that takes a bit to settle, and then it takes the water from a couple to several hours to get completely clear again. Normal? Am I doing something wrong? 2. I take Fishy Boris out of the tank for water changes. The reason is that it's so small in there, and it's hard enough to use the vac without trying to cause him stress. Should I take him out? And when is it safe to put him back? (See question one re clearing.) 3. The gravel vac. What a pain in the neck! It wouldn't be so bad if it weren't so hard to start. I'm not afraid of siphoning, but I'm clumsy and spillage threatens. There's not enough room in there to submerge the entire hose until it's all full. I manage, but jeez. Got any tips for starting it? (Note: it's a tiny vac, and the hose is about the diameter of an air hose.) 4. The tank is in the bedroom on top of the dresser, so it's quite a bit higher than on an aquarium stand. I have to use a step stool to work in it. And then I'm so far away from the bucket that getting the end of the hose in there on the first try isn't guaranteed. Got any tips here? It's been two months and I feel I shouldn't be struggling with this anymore. I appreciate any help you can offer.