this thread ought to be moved to DIY
yes there are numerous ways to make water changes easier. The supply to kitchen sink run right over the tank. Maybe I should post on the DIY forum regarding ideas for a water changing solution.
Tom, When you say "non-co2" are you referring to a method which relies more on filtration rather than water changes?
Yes, but one idea can solve another, so it's not off topic here.
Non cO2 planted tanks are an excellent method, quite rewarding as well.
No water changes are the standard there, often form 6 months or miore at a time.
Slower, more mangable growth.
More time before things go off the cliff if you neglect things.
Takes patience, but the reward is amazing.
Balanced fish loads.
Moderately low light, 1-2w gal range using T12 light lighting or T8's.
Fish waste = plant demand for nutrients.
I top off with inorganic ferts once a week etc , maybe once every 2 weeks, I feed fish, I add water for evaporational losses only.
You neede a lot of plants from the start and easy to grow plants, moderate fish stocking levels, shrimps, SAE's etc are good to have etc as well.
Don't uproot and move plants around, top them mainly for pruning.
You can search my site for the non CO2 method, or look up Diana Walstad's book.