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Old 11-13-2011, 12:31 PM   #11
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I know I have the almost same issues when it comes to my bigger tanks. For me it's draining the tanks though. Takes for flippin' ever and doesn't get all the poo. My husband is looking at pumps to hook to the python to give it better suction for draining.

Refilling is quick however. Ever since we replaced that whole piece that hooks to the faucet and you twist to fill/drain, it doesn't take long.
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I use a marineland maxi jet powerhead to drain mine. I just hooked the output of the powerhead onto a gravel vacuum. I imagine if you got a bigger powerhead and a longer hose it'd work.
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Old 11-13-2011, 01:40 PM   #13
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What about an external aquarium pump with a piece of tubing attached to use as a siphon? The return line could simply be ran into a bucket or tube if you don't have a drain handy. The Beckett Corperation used to make a good small one (MD-400A) that I used for years that wasn't too expensive. Don't think they still do, but should be able to find something similar.
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Old 11-13-2011, 06:06 PM   #14
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bigger hose makes sythoning faster. (simple but effective)
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^displacement is key.

try using something like a pitcher and attach 2"+ diameter hose. watch the water disappear within minutes
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Old 11-13-2011, 07:53 PM   #16
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I'd rather utilize the tubing I have now, just need to rig a pump to it.
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:14 PM   #17
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Get a mag pump with an input and output. Hook up your hoses and your done.
This is the way I do it and it works great. I connect a 25' hose to the mag pump and another 25' running outside. Simple clean and effective.
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Thanks, any particular brand or size you recommend?
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Thanks, any particular brand or size you recommend?
Here is the one I use and it works great.

Danner Eugene Pond Black 700 Gallon 02517 Magnetic Drive Utility Pump
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