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Old 01-07-2016, 10:58 AM   #1
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Water change made easy

Just wanted to share some pictures of my completed water change project. Was taking 2.5 to 3 hrs with buckets and Python. Now about 1 to 1.5 hours depending on what I do.
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Two pipes in lower left corner are the fill lines for my 90gal and 150 gal tanks
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More pics to come of how I did two main display tanks. Use the hose to syphon back tanks and hard plumbed two main tanks


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Boooom! Innovation makes me happy. How proud are you when you fire that bad boy up?!?

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Old 01-07-2016, 11:27 AM   #3
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I need to come up with some type of setup for my saltwater, just went to a larger tank so now my work has doubled as far as the bucket luggin".

I can deal with my freshwater with the python I can run it to the kitchen sink to drain , add declorinator and refill without any issues. It is a little slow but no hauling buckets back and forth.

Now you got me thinking
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I need to come up with some type of setup for my saltwater, just went to a larger tank so now my work has doubled as far as the bucket luggin".

I can deal with my freshwater with the python I can run it to the kitchen sink to drain , add declorinator and refill without any issues. It is a little slow but no hauling buckets back and forth.

Now you got me thinking
I have a bootleg system that works pretty well, not nearly as pretty as Jims but i did 3 tanks (50 gals) wc's in about an hour last night and the only cylindrical liquid holding object i touched was a guineas mug pm me if you want the details.

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Nice! Endless possibilities to do this..
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Great project. I would love to hear more details. Are these pretty much just dedicated water lines that you run a line from to your tanks to replace water? Then the clear hose is your return?
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This is great. My water changes have been a real pain lately at my house.


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I need to come up with some type of setup for my saltwater, just went to a larger tank so now my work has doubled as far as the bucket luggin".

I can deal with my freshwater with the python I can run it to the kitchen sink to drain , add declorinator and refill without any issues. It is a little slow but no hauling buckets back and forth.

Now you got me thinking
Rubbermaid garbage bins and a Tetra pond pump are how I mix and do my sw wcs. Takes me 20 minutes to drain and refill 25 gallons from my 75. Biggest thing imo is use a large siphon hose.

If I could hard plumb something like the OP has I would. That is a nice system!

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Old 01-09-2016, 07:10 AM   #9
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Great project. I would love to hear more details. Are these pretty much just dedicated water lines that you run a line from to your tanks to replace water? Then the clear hose is your return?

I have a hard plumbed 3/4 pvc to each main display tank. I use water hose quick connect to go from 55 gal holding tank to the two main aquariums. 
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The hose is used to syphon all other aquarium. The manifold is used to swap between each and goes under the house to a single drain. Click image for larger version

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I use a 5/8 hose to fill all other aquariums . I can fill the 55 gal holding tank in about 10 min and use the Y to set temperature correctly for each tank. 
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The suction pump came from Tractor Supply $89 been using it for two years just incorporated it into a stationary system. I use a $34 return pump from harbour freight 560GPH and two remote plugs $15 each you can stop start fill pump from anywhere in the house but the suction pump draws too many amps to shut off wit remote . I have added a switch on that one so I can just turn off and on. I'll post more pics once I get home to show plumbing to main tanks.




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