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post #4 of (permalink) Old 09-08-2020, 02:01 PM
AcidGambit
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You can also cut PVC tubing into a U shape and make the length of the part in your tank match the amount of water you want to take out. Doing so will allow you to start the siphon and walk away, knowing that you won't drain too much water. I don't have water plumbed to my tank, but I have a mixing station in the basement with a strong enough pump to pump water up to my first floor where the tanks are. The only inconvenience is that I have to roll the hose out and put it away with every water change, but it only takes a minute or two. I drain the water using the same hose, flip some valves, then pump the water back into the tank. Something to consider depending on how much work it will take you to plumb lines that close to your tank.

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