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Fish & Tank Care : Using a Python Hose to Change Fish Tank Water

Fish & Tank Care : Using a Python Hose to Change Fish Tank Water

CHRISTIE OWNES: Hi, my name is Christie and
I’m with Expert Village. And I’m teaching you proper care of fish today and a little
bit about the different types of fish. And now, I’m going to teach you how to use the
python so that I’m going to teach you how to do a fish tank. The first step is you’re
going to turn your hot water and your cold water on. Which makes a little bit of noise
which might be hard to talk over. When you’re doing this and your pieces of your [INDISCERNIBLE]
went out like mine are, you might take it and hand it in your wash rag. Put it over
the top of it such as I am here so that the water doesn’t spray and get the kitchen wet.
When you’re going to use a python, make sure you don’t have any kinks in your hose. If
you have any kinks in your hose, then it prevents your water from flowing through your python
and slows the process down on cleaning your fish tank. To clean the fish tank, first thing
we’re going to do is raise the hood to your tank. We’re going to insert the python into
the tank. As I showed you earlier, when I turned the hot water and the cold water on,
this creates a suction which you just saw our water go up the tube. When you’re doing
a water change, typically, the thing you want to do is take the python, stick it on the
substrate and lift up. When you do this, you want to do it very gently and it’s usually
you have a gravel substrate in your tank that’s easier to do in gravel. In this tank, I have
a sand bed to it so I’m not going to demonstrate on how to do this properly because if I do,
it’s going to so suck all the sand out of my tank which I don’t want it to happen. But
I will demonstrate a little bit on how to use it. When doing water changes, you’re going
to stick this python in the gravel, let it suck it up, lift up and let it drain back
down as you’ve seen here. This should move out the fish food and the fish waste in doing
this, you usually want to start to the corner of the tank, stick it down, pick it up, let
the gravel fall out. As the gravel falls out, you’ll scoop back to back just a little bit
and be careful and don’t suck the fish up ’cause every now and then, they do wanted
to get in the way as my little cory cat does here. But when you pick it up, you’ll move
back, stick it in another spot, let it pick up and then pick it up to release it. If you
want to make a pattern of doing this where you’re going to go front to back, once you
get to the back, you’re going to move over just a little bit, stick it down and release
it and come all the way back up. You’ll make a pattern then go all the way across the tank,
sticking and picking. When you’re doing a water change with a python, do not stick the
python down on the gravel such this and stir it like that because that defeats the purpose.
As you can tell, I just disturbed the substrate and made all the fish and the fish waste float
to the top of the tank and surrounded in water. This defeats the purpose of doing a water
change. So, what we’re going to do is just stick it and pick it. Right now, my fish are
getting a little agitated, maybe because they have babies in the tank and doing they don’t
like doing the water changes. There’s also another safety mechanism that you also want
to do. Is you want to try to power off through your tank, being that we have a heater in
the tank and we also have a filter. The heater, if you do not turn off the power to your tank,
you can crack the heater so you want to try and power off then you can also bring your
closure up if you drain the water out and it does not continue hold water flowing through
it. Now we have cut the power off to the tank to make it safer and easier to use the python.
What I’ve continue to do is drain 75% of water out of this tank which would take it down
to here just enough to keep the fish covered in water. The reason why I’m taking out 75%
of the water on this tank is because there are eighty-six plus fish in this tank. As
a thirty gallon tank which a thirty gallon tank usually cannot handle eighty-six fish
but like I said, I do 75% water changes so I can get away with this. This draining in
the tank will take up to ten minutes. So, we’ll come back and see you in ten minutes
later when the tank is empty and ready to fill.

35 comments on “Fish & Tank Care : Using a Python Hose to Change Fish Tank Water

  1. Yea, like graffitiandbmx said dude you are way off, PLEASE for the fishes sake DONT drain it one inch please….

  2. yeah, I have 7 full grown oscars in a 5 gallon tank and I just do 75% water changes so it is ok. I know what I am talking about just like this lady. NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT there is no way you can keep really healthy fish with that many of them. In one of her previous videos she lost 19 fish in one tank due to new tank syndrome. Ammonia spike basically.Any experienced and knowledgable fishkeeper would know about the nitrogen cycle and would not make that silly beginner mistake.Dont listen to her

  3. What the hell? 86 freakin fish? I have a 30 gallon tank with 30 fish in it and I thought it was over crowded! Those fish are probably very stressed.

  4. i like the plants in the tank, very nice but way overstocked as for the fish, they'll get stressed with all thoses fish!

  5. expertvillage does not know what they are talking about. That tank seemed only about 20-30 gallons and had 86 fish in it. You are mixing species that are not compatable together. That's like having 86 people in a public bathroom. Ya, go die Expertvillage, burn to the ground.

  6. There's no need to turn on both the hot and cold water while sucking out water. All it'll do is waste how water. However when refilling you'll want to match the water temp of the tank as closely as possible

  7. thanks for the video. I would like to know if you would have to keep the water running at the sink while you are by the tank siphoning the gravel? thanks in advance

  8. Your tank is over populated!
    Sand bottom isnt good for plants…
    OH and your planted tank sucks ass! Shells in a tropical tank with acid water loving fish? go learn how to keep fish and tropical plants!
    Ignorant Fatso!

  9. I dont drain my dirty water in my sink. I just hang it out the balcony door and have it pour into a bucket. The bucket overflows but the sand that gets sucked out of my tank settles at the bottom of the bucket. When its time to fill, I try to match the temp as best I can. I dose my tank with dechlorinators to account for what I removed then fill it back up. Last I would go rinse the sand thats in the bucket and return it to my tank. I forgot to mention that I stir my sand b4 I clean.

  10. I also use the bucket of drained tank water to clean my filter media out every now and then. That way I dont use tap water which has chlorine in it that would kill the beneficial bacteria. Also it just seem like a big waste of good tap water (hot and cold) the way she did it. Not to mention hard on the garbage disposal and drainage to have SAND in there. Somebody call the plummer.

  11. You guys, is there any difficulty finding the proper attachment for your kitchen facet to connect to the python? We bought a new facet and it doesn't have the screw lines.

  12. Hmmm, judging by the comments here I'm not quite sure this is 'expert' fish care advice. Sometimes you need to be selective about what you learn on YouTube!

  13. Looks like a healthy tank, fish are breeding well and they wouldn't if it wasn't. May not be ideal (who couldn't use a bigger tank?) but far from neglectful. Unless u have particularly fragile fish they're not as sensitive as people think!

  14. She's changing 75% because of the amount of fish in the tank (86). That number of fish in a 30 gal tank will cause waste matter to accumulate rapidly. Ideally 1/3 of the water should be changed at one time……an inch of fish per gallon of water is a respectable scale to use as far as occupancy.

  15. depending on your fish and stocking you need to change more water, more often.

    I own two oscars in a 100 Gallon tank, I do daily 50% water changes, sometimes 75%.

    Water changes doesnt harm your fish as long as you do them properly.

    Stop bashing on this lady, she is trying to help you. Its your choice to take her advice or not. Dont wanna take her advice? stop watching this video. I simply came wondering about this Python thing for my waterchanges.

  16. You can do 100% water changes, they are not ideal since your fish will be flopping around, but it can be done. Obviously it would be better if you could put your fish into some kind of bucket.

    I think you all need to do some more research before you start dissin this lady, pretty much everything you guys think she is doing wrong, she is doing it right.

    And actually, you need dechlorinator no matter what, unless you want to kill your fish over time, even with small water changes..

  17. Oh by the way, to all you saying that you only change 20-30% of your water, doing such a small water change is actually equal to no water change at all, your not removing enough water to remove ammonia, nitrites and nitrates, now if you don't know what that is I suggest you take your fish back to the store that you got them, start reading more about fish and stop bashing other people when you clearly have little to no knowledge about fish yourself..

  18. I disagree. If your tank is cycled well enough, you won't be doing a water change to remove ammonia and nitrites, you're doing it to reduce nitrate levels. As nitrates aren't nearly as toxic as ammonia and nitrites, it's better to change a smaller amount (20-30%) so you don't risk fluctuating the pH of your tank and potentially stressing your fish out. Unless you have an emergency situation where your ammonia levels suddenly spike or you have an illness, that should be sufficient.

  19. LOL, daily 50% water changes. Now I realize you're just trollin'. Stop trying to misguide newcomers to the hobby, that's just cruel.

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