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General Garden Hose safe to fill up tank?

Is a general Garden Hose safe to fill up tank or does the rubber or something leach into the water?

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I've been using an outdoor garden hose for about a year now and I have not noticed any issues.
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Been using a garden hose for 4 years with no problem. I just make sure when coiling it up that I let the water flow out of it.


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Yeah I use a garden hose too. I have never had an issue.


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After using, I try to use a DC low voltage computer fan, rubber adaptors and funnel to shove air through my water hoses.
It helps keep the hoses clear like the day I purchased them.

Some of the smaller hoses get shoved in the grates of the blower fan from Lasko/H.Depot etc.

Try to get creative, it works
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Like others have alluded to, I think the big deal is the water that sits in the hose getting nasty. I always flush the hose out for a bit before using it.
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Garden hoses are fine to use. The only potential negative is if/when water remains in the hose and it's warm, unwanted bacteria (and not the beneficial kind) can develop - although this may not present a problem in the fish tank, you certainly wouldn't want to drink it!!! Suffice it to say, better to keep the hose drained and out of the sun. Otherwise, flush really well before use.

footnote: as a youngster we played outside in summer all day and drank from the garden hose. We rode bikes without helmets and rode in cars without seat belts. I'm in my 60's now - it's a miracle!!! LOL

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Garden hoses are fine to use. The only potential negative is if/when water remains in the hose and it's warm, unwanted bacteria (and not the beneficial kind) can develop - although this may not present a problem in the fish tank, you certainly wouldn't want to drink it!!! Suffice it to say, better to keep the hose drained and out of the sun. Otherwise, flush really well before use.

footnote: as a youngster we played outside in summer all day and drank from the garden hose. We rode bikes without helmets and rode in cars without seat belts. I'm in my 60's now - it's a miracle!!! LOL
I did the same I am in my early 40s but how much have changed...better for worse.

good topic as I was wondering the same. maybe a stupid question but how do you guys use the hose for WC?
is there a fitting you can get that connects the the facet to get the siphon going?
a WC with hose for dummies is needed here :P
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Get one of these to stick on the end. Doesn't leak, can easily set flow rate, and can shut off.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I also put this on the end..

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0064OJ1HE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


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^how do you start the siphon with that?
is that better than this:
https://www.amazon.com/Python-13B-Aq..._&dpSrc=detail
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any recommended hoses or tubing we like? I haul 5 buckets of RODI up a flight of stairs be nice not to have to do that for my FW planted tank.
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^how do you start the siphon with that?
is that better than this:
https://www.amazon.com/Python-13B-Aq..._&dpSrc=detail
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any recommended hoses or tubing we like? I haul 5 buckets of RODI up a flight of stairs be nice not to have to do that for my FW planted tank.
I also bought that python siphon to build a DIY python. The python actually created work. The problem I had was that with a sand substrate, sand that gets sucked up eventually clogs the python and it needs to be flushed out.

Now I just hand vac into a trash can and fill with the hose.

If you do buy a hose for a DIY python, get a clear one if possible, and one that will lay flat without any kinks or memory.

If I try to get the DIY python working again, I would get clear vinyl tubing and hose repair kit to put hose ends on it.


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I did the same I am in my early 40s but how much have changed...better for worse.

good topic as I was wondering the same. maybe a stupid question but how do you guys use the hose for WC?
is there a fitting you can get that connects the the facet to get the siphon going?
a WC with hose for dummies is needed here :P
Well, I'm 'special'. lol
I use an inexpensive Eco 396 submersible pump with a quick disconnect to a hose to drain. I used to use a regular 25' garden hose but kept getting PITA kinks, so I bought a clear python type hose. I have to prefilter water (high nitrates in well water) for the the fish tank WC, so I use the same pump to refill the tank from a bin. For the turtle pond in the basement, I use a faucet adapter for the kitchen sink (hot/cold adjusted for temp) and the same hose to refill (separate pump and hose for the turtle pond drain).

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