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Old 02-22-2013, 12:15 AM   #1
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DIY way to keep small fish out of water changer

Last water change for my QT I sucked up a small harlequin rasbora. Luckily I was draining into a bucket since its just a few gallons at a time.

It got me thinking about how I do weekly water changes in my display. I usually just leave the hose draining out to the front yard while I clean up my plants.

I was planning on cutting up an old net and rubber banding it around the end of the siphon to keep smaller fish out. Seems pretty simple and straightforward but I was wondering if any of you have done something else similar. Just looking for other ideas if I missed something even simpler lol.

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Old 02-22-2013, 01:41 AM   #2
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Last water change for my QT I sucked up a small harlequin rasbora. Luckily I was draining into a bucket since its just a few gallons at a time.

It got me thinking about how I do weekly water changes in my display. I usually just leave the hose draining out to the front yard while I clean up my plants.

I was planning on cutting up an old net and rubber banding it around the end of the siphon to keep smaller fish out. Seems pretty simple and straightforward but I was wondering if any of you have done something else similar. Just looking for other ideas if I missed something even simpler lol.

Thanks!
If your only changing h2o, no problem, but if you're wanting to clean out debris, then your method may not work so well. Maybe there's a plastic piece with narrow slots that will keep your fish safe, but allow you to vacuum more efficiently. I'm pretty new here so, perhaps my thoughts are a touch askew. Seems like a simple engineering issue to me though. I've been having similar thoughts cause I've got some tiny barbs to consider when I clean my tank too.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:53 AM   #3
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Try the bucket at the end of hose. That way if anything goes in it will end up there. I lost 3 fishes the same way.
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:52 AM   #4
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Thanks for the suggestions guys. I actually don't vacuum the substrate much since its a planted tank only whatever big things I see on the top.

I may try the bucket thing. I usually have the hose watering the plants outside so not sure how I'd get that setup.
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Whats you plant set up look like? If its a regular garden you can put the bucket and make a canal in the dirt. Help guide the water
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I usually switch from flower beds to fruit trees ands sometimes the lawn. I'll try the canal thing thanks!

Lol I sucked up 3 more last night into my bucket. I'm beginning to think they're doing it on purpose to mess with me haha
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Maybe they watched finding nemo while you where out
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First you were all like whoa
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I had a guppy fry that I sucked up and I didn't realize it. Then the poor fry had to live in a bucket of dirty water for two days because I had no clue it was there. However, today that fry is the prettiest fish in my tank!
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