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Old 03-06-2011, 09:29 PM   #1
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Easier water changes idea, help me brainstorm

Okay. I have a 55g aquarium. I'm so sick and tired of carrying several 30lb buckets to and from my aquarium every week for water changes. I'm a tiny weakling, and I get enough heavy lifting at work throughout the week. However, I really would hate to spend the money on a water changer if I could make my own for much cheaper. So here's my idea:

They make these garden hose faucet adaptors for kitchen/bathroom sinks. They sell for like $2. They are commonly used for hot tub maintenance I guess. Anyway, it's like the adaptor for the python or lees water changer.

What about using one of these, and a length of garden hose to fill my aquarium back up? Siphoning out isn't an issue....I have a window pretty close to my aquarium. It's filling that raises an issue.

What does the DIY population think? How could I make this better? Is this a possibility? Has anyone tried this?
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Old 03-06-2011, 09:32 PM   #2
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That's what I do to my bathroom sink. Go for it. Except I "borrowed" some barbed adapters from our school's lab that go on sinks directly and now I just screw on my hose and go. Thinking about "borrowing" an aspirator for water changes as well lol.
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Old 03-06-2011, 09:40 PM   #3
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Hahaha, you make me laugh. I borrow a lot of things from school...>.> <.<

And also feel stupid. Did I just spell adapter wrong like 6 times in a row? Grammar gods forgive me. It's been a long Sunday. I hate to say this, but bring Monday ON!
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Old 03-06-2011, 09:50 PM   #4
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I do the same ... Siphon out the window to a flower bed (water & fertilizes weekly in the process), and fill with a simple water hose from my kitchen faucet.

You can buy an adaptor, but if you have some spare hoses lying around, you can DIY one out of scrap. I found that a 1" vinyl hose fits my kitchen faucet exactly, so all I did was stretch one end of a piece of 1" vinyl so it fits tightly on the male part of the garden hose, and I can now slip the garden hose on & off the kitchen faucet with ease.
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Old 03-06-2011, 09:52 PM   #5
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I use a python. A diy one of those is always nice
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Old 03-06-2011, 09:56 PM   #6
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Python user here too. I know the Aqueon is half the python price. I'm just not good at DIYs.
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Thank you guys so much. Never DIY'ed for my aquarium before.

Have a great rest of your weekend! I'd share my pb cookies with you if you were here...
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:56 AM   #8
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If you can get an RV hose, I believe they're white and blue, it's safe for drinking water. There's a chance a regular hose could leach something into your tank.

I've said that my python is the greatest tool I never thought I'd need. I got it as a door prize at an LFS and I'd replace it or repair it in a second if I broke it.
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What are these python gadgets yous mention as I am very interested in something like this
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Old 03-07-2011, 03:11 PM   #10
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This is what I've got.
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