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Python 2.0

Sometimes, you're in the midst of a water change and you forget things, like the water.

Nobody likes water on the floor

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I'm going to add a 12volt buzzer that will notify me when the tank is full

The only problem I ran into was the pressure in the line when the solenoid would shut, I was forced to zip tie the python tube onto it.

Once my LCD temp probes come in, I plan on adding an inline temp sensor at the faucet end, to aid in matching tank water temps.

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How large of a tank are you filling up?
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Ive been using it for everything I need to fill up

From doing WC on my 90, to filling up my 4 gallon topoff/fert buckets. Ive used it a few times on some ten gallon tanks.

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pretty neat you should clean up the look or just in case and then patton it i could see alot of people wanting some thing like this but not able to build one.

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I will when I get another project box and the piezo buzzer.

Anyone have pics of their float switches?

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Haha it's like a portable toilet valve. Very creative

(fyi, instead of patenting it -- just release it under the TAPR license. It remains yours but other people can build them if they want to)
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Pretty much, Its becoming more and more useful, I used it to fill up a rubber maid tub yesterday!

Water changes are much easier / occupy less of my time this way.

I'm building two more as we speak for my LFS.

As far as a patent.. Well Im not looking to make a buck. I doub't it would really take off with main stream users.

I suppose I could make them for other people, but its really easy..

Parts cost is around 30-40 depending on what you already have.

You'll need

a 12 volt power source, 12 volt NC solenoid (ebay $19), project box or some sort of container, small switch, either a float switch or a cork(wine bottle) and a lever switch (also check ebay)

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