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Water Change Woes

Postby bot2600 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:59 pm

So I've been using one of those awesome gravel vacs that hooks up directly to your faucet, but we just remodeled and now none of the faucets has a removable aerator that I can hook it up to.

Any ideas from others who have run into a similar issue? Going back to buckets would be the worst :)
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Re: Water Change Woes

Postby joselepiu » Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:24 pm

just a quick question... :-? :-? :-?
how much water do you waste with that method every time you do a water change?... :D :oops: :x
what i did was just to run a pvc pipe from the closest water pipe to the tank,
connect a quick connect adapter and a ball valve to it, and another pvc pipe to the drainage / sewer / outside and ""voila"""...
:D :) 8) :wink: :thumb: =D>
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Re: Water Change Woes

Postby BlueSunshine » Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:00 pm

joselepiu wrote:
how much water do you waste with that method every time you do a water change?


This is an excellent question. Seems to me there is a lot of waste. :-?
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Re: Water Change Woes

Postby caldwelldaniel26 » Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:09 am

You’re only supposed to leave the water running long enough to start a siphon and turn it off...
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Re: Water Change Woes

Postby BlueSunshine » Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:55 am

caldwelldaniel26 wrote:You’re only supposed to leave the water running long enough to start a siphon and turn it off...

That makes more sense.....I've watched a few videos where they left the faucet running the whole time and I thought there had to be a better way. Thanks for clearing it up.
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Re: Water Change Woes

Postby BlueSunshine » Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:56 am

bot2600 wrote:So I've been using one of those awesome gravel vacs that hooks up directly to your faucet, but we just remodeled and now none of the faucets has a removable aerator that I can hook it up to.

Any ideas from others who have run into a similar issue? Going back to buckets would be the worst :)

Change the faucets??????
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Re: Water Change Woes

Postby DJRansome » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:54 am

I always at least have a faucet for the Python in the laundry room sink/tub. You can run it up/down stairs without a problem as long as you have enough hose.
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Re: Water Change Woes

Postby caldwelldaniel26 » Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:19 am

It should have an adapter to hook up a garden hose...
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Re: Water Change Woes

Postby DJRansome » Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:35 pm

The faucet or the Python?
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Re: Water Change Woes

Postby caldwelldaniel26 » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:13 pm

The python comes with an adapter to hook it up to a garden hose to start the siphon, or at least I thought they did... It’s been years since I’ve used one. I use an electric pump to drain the tank and run the water hose directly into the tank via a catalytic carbon bottle.
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Re: Water Change Woes

Postby DJRansome » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:28 pm

It does, but people want to mix hot and cold from the inside taps.
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Re: Water Change Woes

Postby caldwelldaniel26 » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:49 pm

DJRansome wrote:It does, but people want to mix hot and cold from the inside taps.

Oh yeah that’s true. I have garden hose wyes with shut off valves connected to my washing machine hookups for that purpose. When it starts getting cold out, I move my carbon bottle to the laundry room and run my water through it that way. I’m sure someone could run a python the same way.
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Re: Water Change Woes

Postby joselepiu » Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:00 am

caldwelldaniel26 wrote:You’re only supposed to leave the water running long enough to start a siphon and turn it off...

that way it takes forever to empty 30% - 40% -50%... :roll: :roll: :roll: ...

caldwelldaniel26 wrote:I use an electric pump to drain the tank and run the water hose directly into the tank via a catalytic carbon bottle.

+1... :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: ...
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Re: Water Change Woes

Postby caldwelldaniel26 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:24 am

joselepiu wrote:
caldwelldaniel26 wrote:You’re only supposed to leave the water running long enough to start a siphon and turn it off...

that way it takes forever to empty 30% - 40% -50%... :roll: :roll: :roll: ...

caldwelldaniel26 wrote:I use an electric pump to drain the tank and run the water hose directly into the tank via a catalytic carbon bottle.

+1... :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: ...

I agree, that’s why I got rid of the python and bought a pump. I use a cheap petsmart siphon to clean up waste and run the discharge side of the hose into the sump so the water level just evens back out after a while instead of having to add more water.
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Re: Water Change Woes

Postby bot2600 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:41 am

Thanks for all the ideas, I ended up doing a mix of some of them. I picked up a pump to get the water out, and also use the cheap petsmart siphon for vacuuming and then I also remembered in the mud room behind the kitchen we have hookups for a washer (we use the hookups in the basement so they are unused) and put a Y on them so I can get the temperature I want :)
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