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Old 12-12-2012, 10:40 PM   #1
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Is there anything I can use to drain the water in my tank long a hose, but backwards obviously?
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:13 PM   #2
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You mean like a hose?
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:14 PM   #3
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Python/Aqueon water changer?
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:17 PM   #4
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you can make something like this for a few $$$

http://www.barrreport.com/showthread...hange-Question
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:50 AM   #5
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you can make something like this for a few $$$

http://www.barrreport.com/showthread...hange-Question
I've never understood how you get the siphon started with something like that. How do you prime it to start sucking the water out?
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:17 PM   #6
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you can make something like this for a few $$$

http://www.barrreport.com/showthread...hange-Question

I made one, very simple and very cheap.
It works by holding water in the tube when you close it after refilling from the same hose.
Drew this up of mine. The ball valve should be below the base of the tank so there will be enough water in the pipe to pull water out next time it's opened.
If you want the intake to be very deep in the tank, the ball valve will need to be even lower, at least 8in.
I have mine half way in so it will drain by itself for a 50% water change. My hose is the right diameter that I can put it into my kitchen faucet to refill.
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:02 AM   #7
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The U shaped PVC garden hose thingy works great, I use those plastic strainers used for prefilters on wet/dry filter(come in 1/2, 3/4" or 1" sizes and make a T, so the water des not direct straight down.

This way the same hose used to drain, is also used to fill.
The U hook stays put till you are done draining and filling.
Unhook the other end to drain down the bathtub or outside to landscape plants/grass etc, and then once drained, take that other end and connect ot the shower head(you get a plastic adapter) adjust the water temp, and refill, add dechlor to the tank you are refilling directly when you start the refill.
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:34 AM   #8
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The U shaped PVC garden hose thingy works great, I use those plastic strainers used for prefilters on wet/dry filter(come in 1/2, 3/4" or 1" sizes and make a T, so the water des not direct straight down.

This way the same hose used to drain, is also used to fill.
The U hook stays put till you are done draining and filling.
Unhook the other end to drain down the bathtub or outside to landscape plants/grass etc, and then once drained, take that other end and connect ot the shower head(you get a plastic adapter) adjust the water temp, and refill, add dechlor to the tank you are refilling directly when you start the refill.
I understand how to prime a regular gravel vac with water in the tube to get the siphon going, but I don't get how you get a long hose pipe going without have to suck the water through. There is no way I'd do that. lol
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:55 AM   #9
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I understand how to prime a regular gravel vac with water in the tube to get the siphon going, but I don't get how you get a long hose pipe going without have to suck the water through. There is no way I'd do that. lol
The water in the hose only has to be below the level of water for gravity to make the siphon work not out of the end of the hose.

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I understand how to prime a regular gravel vac with water in the tube to get the siphon going, but I don't get how you get a long hose pipe going without have to suck the water through. There is no way I'd do that. lol
I do the suck method. Hose is 20 feet. So i have about 4 seconds of full suctions before i pull away and 1 second later water comes out.. i have gotten a mouthfull before. Spit and mouthwash make me feel more comfortable
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:42 AM   #11
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I don't even use my siphon set anymore, I prefer to just scoop the water out with a half gallon pitcher then dump it into 6 gallon buckets. Scooping allows me to catch all the floaters and plant clippings, is quicker than the siphon, and I never have to taste tank water. However with a very large 100+ gallon tank I'd likely go another route for water changes.
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:37 AM   #12
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Wait so you want to siphon out old water?

I bought a clear hose from Homedepot, they sell it by the foot. To start the siphon what i do is take the hose to the sink & fill it with water, then hold both ends with my thumb, walk towards the main tank & drain the water into a bucket. for filling I also do the same method, but keep in mind when filling main bucket has to be higher than tank
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:40 AM   #13
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Just get a long hose to go outside, take a big inhale through it to get the siphon going, and wait for the water to come out. Just don't inhale too hard, or else you'll get some foul aquarium water in your mouth/lungs haha
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:14 AM   #14
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No need to suck on the hose to get the siphon going. Stick a couple of feet of hose into the tank, then plug the other end with your thumb. Pull enough hose out of the tank so that the water in the hose is below the water in the tank, and take your thumb off.
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:04 PM   #15
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