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Old 04-19-2006, 01:54 PM   #1
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This may sound like a stupid question, but how exactly do you guys and gals do your PWC's? I've been dipping a gallon sized jug in the tank to remove the old water and then pouring it in with another clean jug. Is there a better method to this madness? It seems to generate some unnecessary turbulence in the water.
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I use a siphon to get it out and back in. Basically, take a tube put one end in the tank, make sure it is secure, so it doesn't pop out. Put you bucket below the level of the tank. Suck the other end of the hose, until the water comes over the lip of the tank and let gravity pull it out of the tank and into your bucket. To refill do the same thing, but make sure your bucket is higher than the tank....I'll let the more experienced folks talk about aerating your water and mixing the salt and other technical things...
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I use Lee's Ultimate Gravel Vac with the 25’ hose so I can just drain it to the toilet. (no buckets)

I premix all my pwc water a month in advance in a 30 gal trashcan on wheels that I keep in my closet next to the fish tank. When it’s time to do a pwc I roll it out, drain, and refill using a ph hooked up to vinyl tubing to pump the water back into the tank. Total time to change out 8 gal is 15 minutes on my 55 gal tank.

Marineland Siphon Kleen is a bit cheaper and good also but only comes with a 6’ hose.
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They have one at drsfosterandsmith.com called the python, that has a 25 foot hose that hooks up to your faucet....
As for the 6' hose, you can get the (is it) airplane or airline tube, at any hardware store (lol, I'm in a smaller town, so we have a hardware store), just match the thickness and diameter to your "gravel vac".....
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I currently pre-mix my water in a 15 gallon rubbermaid container with an air stone and heater. I'm gonna have to look into some sort of syphon, though. The distance between my water supply and the tank is pretty far, though, so I'm gonna have to work out the logistics of that.
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You could always put a pump in your water supply and run a hose to your tank from there for filling.
For draining do the opposite, put a pump in your tank and hose to a container/toilet/outside and pump the water out.

Of course I have no water in my tank yet, so I could be wrong.
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Of course I have no water in my tank yet, so I could be wrong.
Right on the money but be careful where you drain outside. SW isn’t good for the grass.
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I have a waste line plumbed to my tank. I also have a 300 gallon mixing tank. I just open the valve and it dumps the water. Close it and refill from the mixing tank which uses a mag 12 pump to refill my tank. 200 gal WC takes about 15 minutes. Hardest part is rolling the refill hose back up.
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I use the SW for weed control on my driveway....don't really want to dump it down the septic tank either...
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Right on the money but be careful where you drain outside. SW isn’t good for the grass.
Yup, I learned that real quick, so I plan on draining onto a neighbors palo verde tree that drops garbage in my yard.

They told me I could. We both figured it would be better than him paying someone to remove it. No hurry, it'll just die.
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