I'm a newbie also... have a 34gallon SW
. I do a water change every week - I change out 5gallons. at first I made a COMPLETE mess and it took me about an hour LOL.
Now, 3mths later, I can do a 5gallon change in about 10-15min... And that includes vacuuming, blasting LR
, cleaning glass and filters etc...
I get Salt water (red sea) already mixed from the LFS
and it is in 5gallon buckets already. Then I just kept one of those buckets and always have it filled with RODI
for top offs...
Oh, and I mouth Siphon to and from.