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Old 10-29-2012, 07:09 PM   #11
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The easiest way to go would be to use a normal gravel vac and syphon directly into the drain. For top off you could get PVC fittings and either make a hard pipe connection going above the top of the tank (not what I would do) or use a flexible hose connected to the spigot with adapters and a clamped barbed fitting. that would let you add water with less splashing which is an electrical hazard. Either way you'll want a ball valve to let you control the flow at the tank unless you have easy hand access at the main valve.
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The easiest way to go would be to use a normal gravel vac and syphon directly into the drain. For top off you could get PVC fittings and either make a hard pipe connection going above the top of the tank (not what I would do) or use a flexible hose connected to the spigot with adapters and a clamped barbed fitting. that would let you add water with less splashing which is an electrical hazard. Either way you'll want a ball valve to let you control the flow at the tank unless you have easy hand access at the main valve.

Essentially I have done just that for the inlet/topoff water. I have attached a braided hose with 1/2 inch female end that attaches to a reducer and a black vynil tube that will be attached to the tank for the purpose of adding water etc. The drain line was a puzzle but after some consideration I added a P trap to keep gases in check and not have to remove the cap. I have reduced the 2 inch pipe to 1 1/4 so that the clear tube from the syphon will tie directly in there and can remain under the cabinet until used.

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