Originally Posted by Kurt_Nelson
And if you look back at my past post, you'll see I'm talking about a basic siphon... not your specific Top Fin model. A basic siphon consists of a piece of tubing and that's it. Your lungs get it started and a bucket is handy to catch the water.
Okay, but I was talking
about the issues I've been having with the Top Fin model; I hadn't tried any other variations...
Perhaps you're right about giving it up. Hobbies are supposed to be relaxing. This doesn't seem to be the case in your situation.
This has been the furthest
thing from relaxing to us -- how could constantly checking water conditions and chemistry, carrying buckets, looking for cloudy water status, making sure goldfish don't explode from overfeeding, toping off evaporated water levels, looking for algae crawling all over rather expensive ornaments, checking for strange odors, making sure tap water doesn't get into the filters to destroy so called "BB," checking water temperature, turning off filters and heaters and lights to drain for water changes just to turn everything back on again with equipment malfunctioning, splashes of filthy tank water all over expensive carpeting, crusty dirty salt deposits all over tank edges and cords, constantly worrying about water conditions and needing to drag out test kits every other day, wiping slime and gunk off glass tops from evaporation, praying that filter media doesn't get clogged too quick so you don't have to replace or swish it around in removed tank water and the systematic observance of a breakdown in fish's health after you went through all that be considered "relaxing?"
You really got me there...