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Question for you plumbing gurus

So my stand is ready for my new tank (50g 90P dimensions) and it's time to figure out plumbing. This is my equipment:

2 canister filters
Cerges Reactor

The thing is I want to put in plumbing for a garden hose adaptor so I can do drains and fills. The tank is 10ft from my front door and I have a spicket another 10ft away from that.

My plan is to put 2 ball valves on the return section of one of the canisters. One right before the garden hose adapter and another right before the canister input. So to siphon the water I just turn off the filter, connect hose and turn off canister ball end and turn on hose end so all water is now emptying out the hose.

Then for adding water I split the return right before the lily pipe with a T connector. Add a ball valve to the garden hose adaptor, and ball valve to the canister output. To refill I just shut off the canister ball valve and turn on garden hose side and now lily pipe is pushing out new water.

Does this sound feasible?
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Yes.
Just watch how wide open you turn those water spiggets and do watch it the whole time it fills. You will find out why only if you don't...LOL...
But...the more connections you have...the more opportunities for leaks...FWIW.
I will Ass/u/me you know this but filling this way necessitates using Prime(for example) at that rate for all the water in the tank,
not just how much you are changing.

The shortest distance between any two points is a straight line...in the opposite direction...
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Prime being a de-chlorinator for city water?
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But I get from your question that your water has no chlorine ?

The shortest distance between any two points is a straight line...in the opposite direction...
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Yes.
Just watch how wide open you turn those water spiggets and do watch it the whole time it fills. You will find out why only if you don't...LOL...
But...the more connections you have...the more opportunities for leaks...FWIW.
I will Ass/u/me you know this but filling this way necessitates using Prime(for example) at that rate for all the water in the tank,
not just how much you are changing.
Yeah I figured that about the Prime so I bought a giant jug of it. Thanks!
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But I get from your question that your water has no chlorine ?
Haha, I don't know how you got that from my question but yes I have a well. I asked because there seems to be a lot of additives for fish and plants that I have no idea of.

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Note of caution if you have not checked? Being on a well doesn't automatically mean there is not a chlorinator. Lots of small wells are not safe to drink without disinfection.

For the original question, I am reluctant to add too much to my filter tubing that might cut flow. When you add a cutoff to a tube that has maybe 5/8" inside, the cutoff will be labeled 5/8, so it is easy to think they are the same size when they are not. A 5/8 " cutoff will be much smaller Inside and each one will add restriction to the flow.
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Note of caution if you have not checked? Being on a well doesn't automatically mean there is not a chlorinator. Lots of small wells are not safe to drink without disinfection.

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Please do not assume that people are stupid, I own a magnificent home and I care more about my family than I do guppies and plants.

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Please do not assume that people are stupid, I own a magnificent home and I care more about my family than I do guppies and plants.

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I have a feeling he wasn't accusing anything just suggesting a caveat to look for. Many people although they are on well have a community well. When it is serviced they usually drop bleach down. The individual home owner may not realize that or may not know that there is a chlorinator attached. I imagine he was just posing the question as a caution. BTW I am on well also. Have been on the last 26 years. My last house I installed a chlorinator. Did here also. Just don't use it any more.

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