Not using a Python for draining purposes. Had them before, they are GREAT, but they waste a LOT of water for draining. I can use siphon action just fine
Originally Posted by The_Finglonger
I still think my wheels for the rubbermaid is ideal for moving around your RO water. Whether you use a python or the above mentioned techniques is up to you.
I've thought of this, but have you ever tried to move a wiggly, wobbly Rubbermaid trash can full of 35 gallons of very heavy water? I can barely tip it over by myself if I need to dump it.
Getting the wheels over the back door's threshold would be murder lol...
I didn't read all of your post, so some details might be missing...
But I would install a T into the intake line of your filter, with an on/off. You can both use this to drain and to fill the tank. Do 1 at a time, as you will get better water changes and LESS chance of failure.
Hmm. A very good idea. Put a good quality gate valve splitting off my intake, and possibly put a cap of some kind on it so it NEVER leaks (I do not ever trust a valve to not drip....).
So to drain the tank, I'd kill the filter, pop the cap off of the inlet T.... plug in some tubing, and allow the water to siphon into the bath tub. It would automatically prime right up when I turn the valve on.
To refill it, I'd probably just poke the SAME drain hose over into my big rubbermaid container, attach a strong powerhead, and turn both it and my filter on. (Rubbermaid water temp willl be the same, I have a 300w heater for that
When the use of RO water for changes gets to be a problem, isn't it a good idea to re-examine your reasons for using the RO water to see if the gain is worth the pain? I like the idea of putting a tee, with a ball valve on the side outlet, leading to a hose outdoors, for draining the tank. And, I like plumbing tap water to the tank to fill it by just opening a valve or two.
I may eventually go to a 50/50 mix, but I have several reasons for using straight RO water that's been re-mineralized.
1) Ultimate control over what I put in my tank. As I look at my overstocked, overfed 10g tank, and see nearly no algae in it, I smile and suspect the RO water, properly mineralized and fertilized, has a lot to do with that.
2) We have copper pipes. Even one slip up on my part (not flushing the lines) could kill my shrimp.
3) We have chloramine, and lots of it (water smells/tastes like bleach often). One slip up and forgetting to use water conditioner, and I'll spend the night crying. I have done that over the years. Last year I killed a clown fish and 6-line wrasse, and about 6 years ago I killed a different clown and a pseudochromis (and this was only top-off water).
4), MOST importantly. I spent $200 on that RO unit. If I don't use it, you got any idea how much trouble I'm in with my lady!!???