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Waterchanges made easy

hey guys its aussie here and thought i would share a few pics on how i do my waterchanges.

with large volumes of water you want a fast and easy way to transfer water in and out that requires large diameter tubing (25mm - 1inch) and a powerful powerhead (5000lph)
ive designed and made a simple hose with pvc fittings cut to the length to siphon the exact amount of water i want out, make sure to have a strainer on the end to prevent any small fish from getting sucked in and flushed away
when you start siphoning theres no need to wait as the pipe is cut to length and you can just simply walk away and have a beverage preferably beer in my case :beer:
next step is connecting the end of the tube into a powerhead and have that in a large tank with your pre-prepped water, you want something thats going to pump it pretty fast as i aim to do a 500ltr waterchange in under 20mins
now this part you cant walk away becouse you have to monitor when it gets full to the brim and then turn off the pump and remove the strainer end. so thats it :-) short and sweet with no buckets and backache

so heres some pics of the process

strainer end in tank


fts


paludarium


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(moneyshot) ibc full of pre-prepped water being pumped into tank


strainer end


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Nice system. Is that water holding tank one of the ones you see people using for aquaponics all the time?
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thanks buddy, its a 1000ltr IBC
i guess you can use them for aquaponics as there easy to move and hold well


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+1 on the cold one. Nice setup
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That's a good sized holding tank.
Yeah, that's definitely the one people use for aquaponics. They cut them in half so they have 2 containers to put plants in.
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