Originally Posted by twoodrough
Getting the water out is not my real issue. It is getting it back in. I can carry a full 5 gallon bucket a dump it in the sink, but I have never used them to put water back into a tank because I am afraid it will spill all over outside the tank, and also make a mess with decorations inside the tank. Maybe it wouldn't be as bad as I am imagining. Right now I use a 3 gallon container that has a spiggot (sp?) on it. Keeps the mess down but it is slow. It is okay for doing 5 gallons but to refill 10 gallons that way is going to take forever.
So any tricks to using buckets to dump water back into a tank, or should I just try it because it ain't so bad?
Hello again two...
Actuallly, there is a simple system of getting the water into the tank. You simply need to stack the buckets. As long as the new water is in a bucket and the bucket is slightly higher than the tank, gravity takes over.
Here's the explanation: When you remove water from the tank, you put a bucket on the floor in front of the tank. I use a long, clear plastic tube I got from the pet store. I prefer a 5/8s wide tube. It transfers the water faster.
I attach the tube to a water change syphon. I cover the end that goes into the tank with a piece from a nylon stocking and use a rubber band to secure the nylon. This way, you only suck up water and not a small fish.
Now, the tricky part. You suck on the end of the tube to pull the water out of the tank and drop the tube into the bucket. Draw out as much water as you want. I remove half of it.
To get the new water into the tank, just stack the buckets. The bucket with the new water goes on top of two other buckets. Remove the syphon and rinse the tube under the tap. Put one end of the tube in the bottom of the full bucket and suck on the other end. Put that end into the tank. The gravity will pull the water from the bucket and drop it into the tank.
Practice is needed, but you'll get it. PM me if you have any questions.