Calling DIY Gods - Water Change Problem - Float Switch Thoughts
My problem - my thoughts
I maintain a lot of tanks - about 40ish - give or take
a tank or two
I do all my water changes in one day - and at a nice relaxed
pace it takes me a few hours. It is my time to meditate with
my fish, plants, turtles ...
Here is my usual system -
1) A pump attached to a 1 inch flexible tube (50ft) that I drop
into the tanks - the weight of the tube keeps it at the level I
want and it is FAST
2) I have a 30 gallon plastic garbage pail I fill with water directly
from a shower pipe - I mix dechlor with it - and I use the same size
pump as the siphon - but smaller tubing to refill tanks - I have a little
ball joint and pvc filling s-tube that hooks over the tank.
My problem is that the outflow from the 30g pail is slightly slower than the in fill of water
from the shower pipe -
and sometimes.....I forget and hear SPLASHING where SPLASHING should
not be....ugh. AND sometimes I forget that the tubing going INTO the
pail is not attached and can fall out - and does - so I start the water..
walk to the room and ugh....
I can solve the tube falling out...but the water overflowing has got
I am wondering if there is a way rig something to shut off the valve
at the pail when it gets full? See my diagram.
Just in the Hmmm...stage - after flooding my kitchen...again