water changes

  1. ella777

    Python cleaners

    Pythons, are they actually worth it? I have a 200L tank and I want to start doing 50% water changes each week. It takes about an hour with a jug and a large bucket, how much faster would it be if I was using a python? I read some of the reviews online and most of them are good, but they all say...
  2. V

    Fishkeeping mistakes I made

    Lack of water changes. As a kid my parents did tell me to do water changes on my tank, but I never kept up with them. Even though I didn't test the water, I'm assuming my early fish deaths were from bad water quality, because when the weak fish were moved to new water to monitor them in, they...
  3. V

    I think I killed my fish during water change

    I thought I was getting the hang of water changes, and then this happens. Let me tell you how I do my water changes. First, I unplugged both heater and filter. Then stick the siphon in and siphoned out all the gunk within the substrate until the water looks 25% drained. I take the bucket into...
  4. V

    Why does the water look like this?

    Idk why it looks like this. The only thing I could think of is maybe if I used too much Prime. The tank is about two months old. It didn't look like this before. I haven't done anything recently besides water changes.
  5. V

    How do you clean a tank that hasn't been cleaned in a while?

    I've decided that I wanted to help out with my parent's turtle tank. However, I'm afraid that with me doing newly frequent water changes it could harm them. For context, the tank has turtles and goldfish. Which will go into a pond eventually, but it's a big project. I don't want to harm them by...
  6. V

    Is there a way to reverse siphon- using it to add water?

    I know that siphoning removes water and cleans out waste from under the gravel. But in water change, you have to replace the water. However, I haven't gotten it to flow the opposite way. With a bucket of clean water, I placed the siphon in headfirst and the plastic pipe end into the tank. I...
  7. V

    Maybe this isn't the best hobby for clumsy people

    As a clumsy person, I've had my fair share of struggles. I always end up spilling some water on the floor during water changes. I accidentally tipped over the bucket I was using for a substrate swap, so I had to start over. I spilled a water test on the floor when I meant to dump the liquid in...
  8. V

    Names that mean the same

  9. V

    Did I just harm my fish more by trying to help?

    I swear every time I try to help my fish, I end up hurting them. I just learned that you shouldn't change the water the same day you clean the filter. Because it's too much change for them to take. If this is true, I'm going to lose every fish in the tank. I learned that you're not supposed to...
  10. V

    Cories dying again

    This is extremely stressful. Now out of my three survivors, one is on the ground not moving again. I went on vacation so I couldn't monitor the water everyday. During the vacation, there was no food given, and lights off. Water parameters turned out fine according to the card that came with it...
  11. outofwater

    WTH with the water pH shooting alkaline

    So, 2 weeks ago I tried to get 3 ottos to keep company to the lonely one I keep (had 2, but one died about a month in and this one has been lonely ever since). All 3 died in days in the quarantine tank. I went back to the shop with water and pH test showed off the chart blue (api kit, same one...
  12. C

    Water conditioner

    Hi there, When doing my water changes in my bigger tank which is 200L I vacuum out my 30% or so water and then when I am topping it up again I use a small bucket approx 7ish litres at a time to fill the tank back up as that's only how I can make it happen with my houses set up. Currently with...
  13. Jan Cavalieri

    Two water changes, numbers remain unchanged - killed my Betta

    I received 12 chili raspbora Fry yesterday - I had ordered 4 but they sent 12, but they are all just barely coming out of Fry age. There had been quite a delay because their other Chili Rasboras were showing signs of fin rot so they weren't going to send those, so I really didn't know when to...
  14. Barry Tetra

    Lacquer splay paint and fish tank

    Hello.... So..our neighbours often paint and spraying their stuff and air is fills with the chemicals smell and now I have to wear carbon mask. Talked to the neighbor and it doesn’t go well.... My fish tank is near the front door that we opens during the daytime, will the chemical in the air...
  15. Barry Tetra

    Ozone purifier? Myth?

    The other day I went to the department store and saw the Ozone vegetable purifier and after I take a look at the back of the box, one sentence catch my eyes, It says that the ozone purifier can also be used in aquarium. I seach for the answer if Ozone can purified the water is just a myth on a...
  16. S

    Nitrites Spike every water change - Any help would be amazing!

    Hi Friends I'm new to the forum, and excuse me please for skipping out on the introduction, but I've got a bit of an urgent problem I really need some help with. If you could read through and give me some advice, I'd truly appreciate it. First, I'll cut to the facts of my set-up: Tank - 21...
  17. Jan Cavalieri

    How does your life work with a R/O water filter for fish tanks?

    I have so many water problems - I was so scientific about how I cycled my tanks and now two have completely lost their cycle (the two others did too but I managed to get them back under control - knock on wood). But I get the feeling everybody is sick of hearing about my outrageous ammonia...
  18. K

    Algae bloom problem - advice please

    I would like some advice since I am fairly new to the fish world. I have a 36 gal bow front freshwater tank that has been cycled since May. I am in a Chicago suburb & we have hard water here (Lake Michigan). My PH is 8.0, Ammonia is 0, Nitrite 0 & Nitrate 5.0. I have 4 live plants, driftwood & 2...
  19. S

    Chloramines & Nitrates Paradox

    Hey guys: Been reading for years, this is my first post. I've been in and out of the hobby for 30+ years, so I'm not a newbie. But there's always something around the corner that makes me feel like one! I have a 29 gallon heavily stocked freshwater tank with no live plants. Filter is a DIY...
  20. Jan Cavalieri

    BIG problem with Ammonia

    Not so long ago I had PERFECT water in all my tanks, zero's on everything and PH was right at 7 -it was all wonderful. Then I got very sick for two weeks and was unable to do weekly water changes. As I recovered I tested the waters and found that EVERY tank had a huge ammonia increase. Started...