drain port

I’m trying to do water changes but I’m so drained. I scrubbed out Port’s tank and stirred up the sand, trying to get whatever was in there out. I might switch to a HOB filter because the sponge filter really didn’t work out how I hoped. I cant really find a small hob though, I figured I’d just use an aqueon 10 and put a pre filter sponge and baffle it. if anyone knows any small HOB filter (that isn’t a tetra whisper) lmk. the tank is a 5.5