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Using my external filter to fill the tank...

Can anyone see an issue with using the intake of my external to refill the tank after a water change

I use r/o so no chlorine to damage the bacteria in the filter

I just got a drill pump and it looks like my drill isn't powerful enough to power it!

Anyone done this before

It's in the process of filling up now so i know it works but any downside apart from the hassle of having to take the intake out?


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If it works then go with it, I suppose. But you can pickup a cheap mag drive pump or similar that'll probably be a lot easier. Just make sure its rated for an adequate amount of head pressure.


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The only problem is that I was looking for something that fits in the 25 litre water can i keep my ro in it has a pretty small hole at the top

I have seen the water pumps that look like the electric gravel cleaners but are used to bail out boats when they are taking on water or to empty petrol tanks etc

They are a long stick so would be perfect but they don't say anything about the height they can pump to

If I can't find anything I will have to go back to the pump in the bucket and pouring back into the bucket just have to get a bigger bucket


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I did this all the time before I started using a Marineland Pump ($20 on amazon) during water changes.

I would remove my in-take from my tank and stick it into the bucket filled with new water. Worked fine for me.
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The one thing I did notice that was bad was having to start and stop the filter meant the crud firing into the tank I'm thinking build up in the tubes so probably needs the tubes cleaning out anyway


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I have my FX5 plumbed with a T off of it for filling my 180, like this
I just close the valve pulling from the tank, and open the one from the water storage bin. I use the same filter to empty the tank for changes.

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That looks like a pretty good set up and you haven't noticed any downside to running it this way?


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That looks like a pretty good set up and you haven't noticed any downside to running it this way?
Well, since the water change is mostly turning the valves and waiting, make sure you dont have any children around when you do it. It is really easy to get distracted and forget that it is silently filling your tank...
I have forgotten to check that the valves were turned the right way when i was finished. Once.
That said, the only thing i would do differently or add to this would be a separate line to fill the storage bin, with an auto shut-off.
edit: Also, make sure the draw line from the storage bin goes right to the bottom of the bin, I cut 1/2 inch deep slots all around so it doesn't sit flat on the bottom, and don't empty the bin completely when filling the aquarium. I have fairly wide pvc pipes, and it's a lot of air for the filter to suck out if i don't keep the line primed.

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Edit: didn't read entire thread. My suggestion was already taken.

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No danger of overfilling with my way as its only a 25 litre container 1 clean and one dirty

I have decided I will be looking for a 3 way equal tee valve that will divert from the tank intake/outtake and my containers like the diagram but without running to to sink as the tanks in my room this would be the only way


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