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Garden Hose For DIY Pump 'n Fill System ?

Is it safe to use a new regular garden hose as an extension to a Python No Spill system for pump 'n filll (to fill with aged water) ? Is there anybody using it ? Thanks.
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You need to get a hose suitable for drinking water. They're white and typically sold with the RV supplies.

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Thanks Bill,

Are these hoses being sold at the RV places cheaper than the Python hoses ?

Really like your setup at your web site. Wonderful tanks you have.

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Oh, you're up in the great white north . I bought mine in the RV department at Wal-Mart. Any good hardware store should also carry them. They're not an exclusive RV item, but are most often used in situations where you need a hose to deliver potable water.

And thanks. Glad you liked it.

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Ironfin:

First I think you can but the clear hose by the foot to just extend a section of your python if the potable hose does not work. Second you mention 'aged water' in you first post. Could you please describe more? It looks like you might be better off with a sump pump or powerhead as the python is better on faucets.

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'Great white' ? Not here. Only on the moutain for skiers. It is still plenty green and mild here. We usually see snow couple days a year. We are just north of your Washington states across the border.

Those RV hoses sound like a good substitute for the Python. I will check out the prices in our local Wal-mart first. Thanks for you advice.

I will take a better look at your site again when I have a chance over the holiday. That journal you have there is quite informative.

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BlueRam...

I have a new garbage can in the basement to store water for the tank and I have a 50' Phyton that I use for weekly cleaning. I recenlty acquire a Little Giant pool pump that is strong enough to pump water to the upper floor where the tank is (according to the instruction). I usually have to carry 7 or 8 buckets of water to the tank to refill (yes, good workout). I thought it would be easilier to use the pump and maybe 50' plus 50' extension ro pump water from the garbage can to the tank. That is why I try to find out what type of hoses I need. Bill had suggested the RV hoses, food graded hoses, which I am sure will be safe enough for the fish.

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Some or most normal garden hoses may contain anti-fungal additives to make it last in good condition. Beware of these.

Plants are gone, but my 33gal and I are back after a long hiatus.
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Really??

Wow... didn't know this... I've been using a $4 Walmart garden hose for years now...

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Don't quote me, it's 2nd-hand info. Maybe since it's so cheap it has none of that added?

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I would guess that in western BC it's much like it is here in Portland where the Roses are still blooming as are the hardy Fuchsias.
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Hey guys, the 'Great White North' crack was just a bit of funnin'.

I was stationed up in Tacoma, WA for 3.5 years while in the USAF. I regret that I've only been able to visit Vancouver once (and that was after I got out of the service) when my wife and I drove up from Fremont to go to the '86 World's Fair.

Oh, and not all garden hoses will have preservatives added, but it's hard to tell which ones do so it's just better to stick with hoses that are drinking water safe.

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Rex,

Unfortunaley here in Vancouver area it is still a few degrees colder than Portland but I think we are still pretty lucky with the weather here. No complaint if you like rain. See how easy it is to make fun of ourselves again.

Bill,

You are always welcome to visit us again. Maybe a second honeymoon ?

Thank you for all the info you guys have provided. I will stick to the food grade hose for now when I find them. I think I would not trust the regular garden hose . The vinyle smell form the garden hose is strong enough to kill any living thing.

BigPow,

Your hose might be safe now after running so much water through it for the last severa year. You should not be worried about it. Just do not replace it with a brand new one !

Thanks again to all.
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a year and a half with a green rubber hose here... never even considered that it might not be fish safe... doh! i guess that's one explanation for a few of my mysterious die offs... but its more likely a more blantantly big mistake that i never picked up on that's responsible.

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I got my DIY python for 18$. I have the RV water hose, 25ft. I love it!
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