How to Do Faster, Easier, and Cheaper Aquarium Water Changes

Hopefully you know by now that partial water
changes are super important for the health and appearance of your aquarium. In this week’s video I’m going to share with
you a few ways to make them faster, easier, and cheaper. That’s coming up. Hey everyone. Steve Poland here, Steve Poland
Cichlids, And by now you probably know that I love spending
time front of my aquariums, but what I don’t love is spending any more time, money, or
energy than necessary on maintenance. And the thing that can take up the most of
all three is water changes. But they’re super important! So today I’m going to share a few tricks that
I’ve found can really help. I’m going to focus on a quote-unquote normal
setup that most people might have in their homes. This is a 90 gallon tank that I’m using as
a growout. And I like to change about 50% of the water
in this tank every week. But there are two things that I’m really not
into: Carrying buckets of water and wasting water. So there are a handful of things that I use
every time I do a water change, and I’ll link to all of these in the comments. If you’ve watched my previous videos you may
recall seeing a few of these tools before. The first is a Python water changer. I don’t have any real attachment to Python
as a brand. It just happens to be the one that came with the first aquarium I ever bought. There are versions of this made by Aqueon,
or you could easily build one yourself if you’re capable. The key components are the faucet pump and
the hose with connectors. In my case I also have an extension hose,
because my sink is about 50 feet away from this tank. I also recommend buying the snap connector.
It costs about $10 but believe me it’ll be ten of the best dollars you ever spent. Now, you can drain your tank with the Python
by creating a siphon using the water pressure from your sink. But that’s slow and wastes a ton of water. So instead I use the second tool that I’ll
focus on today which is a submersible pump. This is a 400 gallon per hour pump that I
got on Amazon for about $20. You could get one that’s bigger or smaller
depending on how much you want to spend. But one nice thing about this pump is that
it pays for itself with the water it saves many times over. So let’s watch this start to finish and see
how exactly long it takes. Don’t worry, I’ll speed it up so you don’t
have to wait. First, I connect the python to the faucet
using the snap connector. Next, I connect the pump to the end of the
hose and plug it in. The tank begins to drain. As promised I’ll go ahead and speed this up
to 50 times the normal speed. Once I hit 50% I unplug the pump. I remove it from the hose and let the excess
water drip into the tank. I then grab the gravel cleaner attachment for
the python and attach it to the hose. If you let some of the air out it greatly
reduces the chances of the hose bursting out of the tank when you turn on the water. I then grab my dechlorinator and add it to
the tank. Lately I’ve been using Seachem safe which is Prime in its powdered form. I go to the sink, run the water until it reaches
the right temperature, and switch the Python over to fill mode. Again I’ll speed this part up to 50x the normal
speed. I turn off the water, remove the hose from the
tank, and put everything away. As you can see from the timer, it took a little
over a half an hour from start to finish. See how fast that was? I changed out about
45 gallons of water and none of it went to waste. If you have other tips for speeding up this
process please leave them in the comments. And if this is your first time here at Steve
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Comments 63

  • LINKS:
    EcoPlus Submersible Pump:

    Python No Spill Clean and Fill System:

    Python Snap Connector:

    Also some have asked about cleaning out waste. Most of the time I use this:

    Full list of equipment recommendations here:

  • I did that before and everytime im doing that kind of changing water.. all my fish die… so i rather chose the old style of changing water…

  • I canโ€™t believe I never thought to use a pump!! I waste so
    Much water. I am going to try this

  • When refilling the tank with water, roll up a microfiber towel and get it inside the vacuum tube to break up the bubbles, there by reducing the production of microbubbles.

  • takes me under 15 minutes including gravel vacuuming using buckets in a 55g

  • You have to remove the chlorine or it kills the good bacteria and hurts or kills the fish. These guys are wrong

  • Good video I have to empty my tank with buckets every time I add tap water I add water conditioner bout half a spoon full half of 5ml for every. 10litres if water so I have a 10 litre bucket fill it up then add my 2.5 water conditioner weโ€™re as u only put on lot in?how do you have your water crystals clear?mine has bits floating round never see thru like yours?how do I have clear water?

  • Iโ€™m from the uk ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง aswell ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  • Subbed to your channel to ๐Ÿ˜€

  • I'm just starting my 46 gallon tank and can't seem to find any good advice on how to add water that is at the compatible 75-78 degrees for my tropical tank. I have an in-home water softener which I have been told is a horrible thing to use and will mess up the entire balance of the ecosystem. I can not by pass the hot, only the cold. Boiling to heat water is a no no for other reasons, but was told by a local aquarium shop manager that she lowers her heater to be sure it is covered with water for the water change, and just runs her cold water into her tank very slowly. I would think that even at a very slow rate that would also be bad for your fish, but she insists she has never had a loss. Can anyone give me some practical advice? Thanks

  • Faster and easier… if u need to be fast y even have fish..i have 2 75 gallons takes me like a half hour to change the both. If need 30 45 minutes is too long just get rid of your fish .

  • What size is that tank?

  • The reason it's less waste is because the original way the connector works to suck water out of your tank is by turning on the tap, Wich creates a suction and then tap water + Aquarium water Comes out the bottom of the connector. For him, it would've been 30 minutes of running tap water. But instead he uses a pump Wich doesn't use tap water to suck out.

  • Water changes are for people who don't know what they're doing. I never do water changes and my fish tank is thriving. My fish are constantly having babies and my plants grow so fast I have to remove some daily. The only time I ever add water is when it evaporates and that takes weeks for a single gallon to evaporate.

  • Iโ€™ve tried that one time an didnโ€™t work for me so well I lost fishing doing like that

  • lol Most people don'thave a shop sink within reach of their aquarium.

  • use aquaponics method you don't need to remove water every week but you need to add only water every week

  • you can simply leave the pump on while filling. saves more time

  • Can the water pump fill the tank back up as well?

  • over 30 min with filtration off. who can tell me how long bacteria can stay alive like that?

  • Brilliant way to speed up the water change ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป subscribed

  • How to make this even more efficient:

    1. Stick the pump to the glass using the suction pads on it at 50% or whatever your target drain level is. Use an inlet guard or else place the pump inlet close to one side of the aquarium so that a fish won't get accidentally sucked in. This way you won't need to move it around and you don't have to even stay there looking at it till it gets drained. The pump can't move around and empty the tank while you aren't there.

    2. There's no need to remove the pump like at 3:55 when you start to refill. Just turn off the pump and refill it and when you finish, store that hose along with the pump, unless you need the hose to gravel vacuum I guess.

  • that is a lazy way.. if you vacuum the substrate all you have to change is 20% of water .

  • dudes acting like 30 mins is fast i use physphen with buckets and do water changes in like 15 or 20 mins in a 60gal

  • Nice video.
    What size is the python tubing?
    I need to buy a pump which has the correct fitting

  • I never knew water changes were expensive and I like doing it the old-fashioned way I actually think it's kind of fun

  • so you pump "tap water" straight into your tank? lol I use a small Brute can that I fill a few days ahead of time running air stones. then use the pump at the other end to fill.

  • What about the water temperature?

  • how do you keep your gravel so white?

  • I have only one issue. There is no tap to connect typhon because tap has shower n pipe with it in kitchen sink and washroom taps are without screw rings. How I connect my typhon with any of these taps. Please help

  • I want to own a fish I want a great white shark

  • I do 20% water change every 2 months on my 20gal tank. Water is still clear even no water change

  • I don't understand water changes thou ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ the water added isnt at the adequate temperature the fish need nor isn't treated with aqua safe. Does that even matter?

  • Good ideal u don't need to use heavy lifting

  • 2:10 thank me later

  • Can you use start right dechlorinater as well?

  • Poor fish, what a boring tank.

  • why would you pump water from your sink, directly into your fish tank? the water in your sink is a different temperature than whats in your tank. This is why people leave their water out for 24 hours to adjust to room temperature so that youre not shocking the fish.

  • Do you use tap water

  • Love the rocks/stones you have. Can you give me a website where I can purchase same type?? Thnx

  • Doesnโ€™t the dechlorinated water need to sit for 24 hours???

  • Totally subscribing your awesome

  • What about vacuuming the sand and gravel?

  • Saving water… I thought using the water with plants

  • Hi I have a question so when doing this I dont need to wait I could just add water conditioner straight into the tank and add water

  • can you really add the dechlorinator the fish still in the tank?

  • very good content of the video. following the channel, if you can sign up, thanks

  • Iโ€™m not sure how using the Python to siphon out water wastes more water? As soon as the siphon has started you turn off your faucet and let gravity do itโ€™s thing.

  • What's the size of the tank

  • OMG saved my time. I did not know you can add declorinator and then add tap water.

  • Great video!

  • Do you add any other chemicals during your water changes or just Prime and thats it?

  • You didn't do any gravel vacuuming though….

  • What a waste of time

  • this shit took way too long bro. I need something faster than this. Guess I gotta start using two hoses.

  • Hey Steve, great video I was considering the python no spill or the Aqueon option. Can you tell me what light you have on your tank? your water is impeccable. Share your secrets

  • Would a 1500 gph pump be decent on a 220 gallon?..the 2500 gph is in use

  • that dont look that fast why would you leave it on the sink and buy a python? just use some 5/8 hose from home depot this way you can drain and fill at the same time

  • Great looking tank, and nice way to do a partial.

  • Great video. You filmed this well…. Thanks!

  • And how are u cleaning ur substrate which is one of the most important things when doing a water change like this? Your not decloranator should be added separate from the tank in a bucket in the water you intend to put in your tank and left to work before adding this video is a load of rubbish

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