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Old 01-12-2010, 06:23 AM   #1
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easy way to change aquarium water


i have 50g tank now and its hard to change the 50% water every week by buckets. can anyone suggest something that would connect to the tap and i could add the water to aquarium. i need least 30-40 feet long hose to do this. could the same thing done to take the water out from aquarium. i really need help with this. if anyone could suggest DIY that would be nice too.
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Old 01-12-2010, 07:22 AM   #2
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Python water changer, aqueon water changer(i prefer this), waterbed fill kit attached to a garden hose.
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100% agree with that. with a waterbed kit you can go to home depot and build your self one. buckets are no fun.
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I would be careful with the aqueon!!

It put about 100 gallons on my bathroom floor until I strangely noticed something dripping into the basement...Not a happy day

So I installed a sink in my basement and now hookup the braided clear hose to fill and to empty I run a pump into a drain with regular clear hose.
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I would be careful with the aqueon!!

It put about 100 gallons on my bathroom floor until I strangely noticed something dripping into the basement...Not a happy day

So I installed a sink in my basement and now hookup the braided clear hose to fill and to empty I run a pump into a drain with regular clear hose.
Ouch! What happened to that tubing there? It looks like it exploded!
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I made a water change station with a water pump, some PVC pipe and a rolling trash can. Used some hose and I can suck the water out into the trash can, roll it to the toilet or outside empty it, than fill it up with fresh water and pump it into the tanks. It works great I change all my water (10g, 2x20g, 40g, 75g and a 150g) in less than an hour. I love it.
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I just bought a long vinyl hose and a faucet adapter from Home Depot. Spent less than $10 for the whole setup. Use the same hose to syphon and fill from the bathroom.

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I just bought a long vinyl hose and a faucet adapter from Home Depot. Spent less than $10 for the whole setup. Use the same home to syphon and fill from the bathroom.
Add a jet pump sold for water beds and you have the equivalent of the python device. Of course it also helps to put a few shutoff valves into the system to make switching from draining to filling easier. I also found a "Y" fitting at my hardware store, that has a shut-off valve in each of the outlet legs, that part I connect to the faucet, so I can run the water into the sink until I get the temperature where I want it, then switch to filling the tank.
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I like the Lee's Ultimate Gravel Vac - just like a Python but cheaper.
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i have 50g tank now and its hard to change the 50% water every week by buckets. can anyone suggest something that would connect to the tap and i could add the water to aquarium. i need least 30-40 feet long hose to do this. could the same thing done to take the water out from aquarium. i really need help with this. if anyone could suggest DIY that would be nice too.
So you attach the hose to your water tap, let water fill the hose and start pouring in the tank(slowly!). At this point, having one end immersed in the tank and filled with water, close the tap, detach the hose from the tank and this way water is running from the tank. To fill the tank - you know it ...

I use a water breaker ( as for watering plants in a garden) on hoses end in the tank. This way shrimp and fish won't be sucked in. I use a garden hose and water from the tank runs onto my lawn. With a sink tap one cannot get the difference in water level needed to evacuate the tank, so maybe a shower floor level would do, or, if the tank is situated above the window level - use window to 'water' whatever is located below it...
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Jehmco sells a nifty Siphon drain that's cheap and if you want easy to make.

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Old 01-12-2010, 06:29 PM   #13
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Default hi everyone

thanks for everyone's advice. anyway i prefer to water changes from my bathroom from the sink tap. i dont think there is anything that could attack to that tap. the reason i want to get the water from there is because i can adjust the water temp and let it go straight into my aquarium and this way i dont have to worry about the hot or cold water. i cant use the garden water as it would be extremly cold plus its too cold outside. if anyone could give me a simple way to attach the hose to that bathroom sink then that would be great.
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Old 01-12-2010, 06:32 PM   #14
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python makes something called a universal adapter, it is a rubber fitting with the brass on the opposite end, works for everything.. i prefer python to aqueon...

http://www.aquacave.com/python-unive...pter-2160.html
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A 50 foot 5/8" water hose costs about $20. A faucet adapter is easy to find as well, maybe $2. A python is more than twice as much for a smaller diameter hose (1/2")
5/8" ID hose will drain 50% faster

Being able to start the siphon with the sink isn't really worth anything, and running the water the whole time to make it go faster is a massive waste of water.

If you need a gravel vac (I have sand in all my tanks, so I don't use one) you will need to adapt that to the hose if it won't just jam into the end.

A regular hose and faucet adapter costs 1/2 the price or less and drains about 50% faster.
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