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Old 11-13-2011, 10:53 AM   #1
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Faster tank siphoning?

Was wondering what setups people had for faster tank siphoning? I use a python now, and it's nice and all, but I'd like to speed it up a bit because the water flow at the shop makes for a very slow water change process. (2-3 hours) I'm definitely going to have to speed it up because there are plans for about 3 times as much water as we have in there now.

Anyone using a pump of some kind? If so, how is it rigged up? Thanks!
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Old 11-13-2011, 11:13 AM   #2
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I dont have an exact answer and im hoping someone has a better suggestion but this what i tried yesterday. I moved my fish to another tank & got out the big wet/dry shop vac with a small attachment & piece of pantyhose over the end & sucked the water out rather quickly...dumping it out was a pain in the butt though! Trying to come up with a better way though to use the vacs motor/power...
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Old 11-13-2011, 11:28 AM   #3
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Was wondering what setups people had for faster tank siphoning? I use a python now, and it's nice and all, but I'd like to speed it up a bit because the water flow at the shop makes for a very slow water change process. (2-3 hours) I'm definitely going to have to speed it up because there are plans for about 3 times as much water as we have in there now.

Anyone using a pump of some kind? If so, how is it rigged up? Thanks!
2-3 hours? Wow that's long! Takes me no joke 20 minutes to do a 50% wc and refill using the python. Done 1 2 3 and that's a wrap!
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Old 11-13-2011, 11:32 AM   #4
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In my garage it takes about 1 1/2 hours or so to do more water volume than that but I have really good water pressure outside.
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Old 11-13-2011, 11:39 AM   #5
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The shop vac sucked out 30gals in about ten secs flat. Rolled it outside & dumped it. Refilling took bit longer though.
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That'd be nice but I need to remove around 500 gallons or so, I know someone has a setup like this, or at least a DIY link =]
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Just throwing this out there but couldn't you rig up a shop vac with a bulkhead and hose leading to your drain or outside or would it not suck with an open end
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Wont suck with an open end but im still thinking on this! In respect to the 500gals, maybe you could consider a pump for draining a pond??
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On some saltwater set-ups I've seen the tanks are drilled midway down in the back with a shut-off valve. When its time for a water change, open the value and then refill. Quick and easy if you have it set-up so you can run a drain hose off the drain valve. Course, not sure how hard it would be for you to drill all those tanks.
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Yeah, some kind of water pump is what I was thinking, just getting some ideas on which one would work best.

I'm really not trying to ghetto it all out especially since it'll be used inside a store.

If I had the tanks drilled I'd just install overflows and do a continuous drip system, I'm planning that eventually for my home tanks but not for the shop tanks, at least not the ones I have set up now.
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