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Is it safe? The other day I was ciphoning a tank and drank some of the water on accident. My gf said I could catch a disease, should I be worried?
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Get a small pond pump, stick a clear hose to the end, put the hose out of the window or into the bathtub, and turn on the pump. It will drain much faster and you'll never have to suck tank water again.

As for drinking tank water, you'll likely be alright, but I've heard cases where people got sick . . .



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My girlfriend says she won't kiss me for four days until she knows I am not infected by some "river disease" she thinks I have, so maybe it's time to invest in that pump. What kind of hose attaches to it? The tank is only five gallons, I am worried it might fill up to quickly?

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Get a small pond pump, stick a clear hose to the end, put the hose out of the window or into the bathtub, and turn on the pump. It will drain much faster and you'll never have to suck tank water again.

As for drinking tank water, you'll likely be alright, but I've heard cases where people got sick . . .



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I "drink" mine all the time. :P

I filter my fish water and drink tap....
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I would say youll be fine. Also, you don't have to use a pump seeing as its only 5 gal, why not get a hand pump started siphon. Or the other option which i use reguarly, fill the siphon hose with water, cover both ends with thumbs then put on end in the tank and the other into bucket and it will start the siphon. Don't ever have to use mouth.
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http://www.amazon.com/Lees-Squeeze-Bulb-Siphon-Starter/dp/B005X84YMO
also a ton of them on [Ebay Link Removed]
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Is it safe? The other day I was ciphoning a tank and drank some of the water on accident. My gf said I could catch a disease, should I be worried?
I've been doing that for 10 years. So far so good, although there could be something growing inside of me, who knows
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Back when I used to do wc's with a siphon I'd keep a shot of whiskey on hand, incase any tank water made it in I was chasing down with 100 proof! Not sure how effective it was?? Never got sick..

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I wouldn't do it as a habit. It won't kill you but there are nasties you don't want to contract. It's a matter of probabilities that something might happen.


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Is it safe? The other day I was ciphoning a tank and drank some of the water on accident. My gf said I could catch a disease, should I be worried?
LOL I really wouldnt worry. Very few things transfer between species and unless you took water right from a lake or river for your tank without ever changing it I think you'll be fine. Might not taste too great though.

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As for drinking tank water, you'll likely be alright, but I've heard cases where people got sick . . .



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Really?!? Is this like a friend of a friend whose neighbor heard it from their cousin kind of stories or is it someone you personally know? I'd be intrigued to hear more about this.

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I drank a good clip of vodka afterward.

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Back when I used to do wc's with a siphon I'd keep a shot of whiskey on hand, incase any tank water made it in I was chasing down with 100 proof! Not sure how effective it was?? Never got sick..

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Sounds good maybe one before hand for good measure
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tank water bloody mary

I'll just substitute tank water for the clam juice in my bloody mary this weekend brunch. I'll garnish the glass with a stalk of anubis and a dead red cherry shrimp.

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Sounds good maybe one before hand for good measure
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i'm an open water swimmer. rivers, lakes, oceans, bays, channels... you name it.

inevitably you drink the water, impossible not to. i do keep current on tetanus and hepatitis vaccines because you run into some gross stuff (and i don't mean guppy piss!).
i wouldn't be too concerned about an occasional swig of tank water
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