What's your best water changing/tank maintenance tip?

Leeman75

We all do water changes and tank maintenance (hopefully!) on a regular basis. What's your favorite tip or hack to share with others for when we do water changes and/or tank maintenance?

For me, something that I just started doing that seems simple enough but I didn't always do, is I leave my tank lights off for a couple of hours after a water change to let the fish destress. I have to fight the urge to turn the lights on to see all my fish that I just worked for, but I find that the fish come out of hiding and stop heavy schooling much quicker this way.

What's your hack?
 

FitSoldier

My tip would be to clean filter media the same time you do a water change. For my tank, every time I change water (weekly) I take my filter media and rinse it in the bucket and the water always comes out black. Every. Single. Time. When I did this monthly in the past (or that time I didn't do any water changes for 2 months), my filter media just dissolved.

Also, pour water onto a rock or other decor when refilling so as not to disturb the gravel and get cloudy water. I think most people know this already.
 
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smee82

my tip is.....

Just do it.
 
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Mike1995

I don't like to clean my canister filters on the same day I do a water change. I usually wait a few days. Just in case.
I also find with in my 90g, the less chaos and splashing i cause when filling the tank back up, the less scared the fish get. I usually pour or fill right on top of the wavemaker.
Another thing i do is put a sponge on the end of my water change hose. My mollies and swordtails are always extremely curious and get to close... I've sucked a few up by accident. so i have a sponge so they don't.
 
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Leeman75

I don't like to clean my canister filters on the same day I do a water change. I usually wait a few days. Just in case.
I also find with in my 90g, the less chaos and splashing i cause when filling the tank back up, the less scared the fish get. I usually pour or fill right on top of the wavemaker.
Another thing i do is put a sponge on the end of my water change hose. My mollies and swordtails are always extremely curious and get to close... I've sucked a few up by accident. so i have a sponge so they don't.

I've sucked up danios and I just sucked up a small Emerald Cory this morning!
 
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faydout

pour water onto a rock or other decor when refilling so as not to disturb the gravel and get cloudy water.

This was the tip that I was actually coming to share. Pick up a plastic 4 cup measuring cup from Amazon / dollar store (w/e... get the cheapest one you can find). Drill small holes (think I used a 1mm bit) starting about an inch from the bottom and stopping about an inch from the top, going about halfway around. It should look like a 180 degree rectangle when you're done. I did well over a hundred holes on mine. I use a powerhead in my bucket to get water back in, so I hang the measuring cup from the handle, and clip my tube into the measuring cup. This diffuses and sprays water in all directions. It also doubles as a $4 specimen cup, hang it on the inside rim while doing maintenance to hold tools / plant clippings... w/e. Just a really handy thing to have for little cost.
 
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