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Old 01-12-2014, 12:09 PM   #11
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Given that there isn't really all that much nitrate in used tank water, why don't you just make your life easier and get a python? It really is the easiest way to change water. I wouldn't dream of having a medium to large aquarium without one.

The used tank water is good for plants, but not as good as a proper concentrated nitrate rich plant food, that would have other things like phosphorus and potassium in it too.
I'm currently using chicken manure which is rich in most everything except nitrogen. The idea is to improve balance. But, I digress.

Even if I bought a Python, I'd still rather put the tube end outside than run all of that water into the septic. But, let's say I used it as intended. I'd need the 50' model (which is $65) if I ran it to the nearest sink. And, I have a 25" deep tank so the stumpy little gravel cleaner included has me wet to the elbows and reaching from a stepladder or buying a 24" cleaner attachment for another $20. Honestly, it seems insanely overpriced for tubing and plastic fittings. Sure, it's a packaged solution but I'm pretty sure I can get what I would need for siphoning outdoors and filling from the sink for a fraction of that, assemble it in minutes, and then have a metal barb to hose end fitting rather than plastic that will withstand the repeated tosses out the window.

I'm always up for building a better mousetrap...
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Old 01-13-2014, 11:38 PM   #12
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For getting the fish water to your garden I put a garden hose connector on the end of my gravel vac then bring one end of the garden hose inside. All I needed was one house end connector and the joiner piece that wason the next shelf in the hardware store.
my gravel cleaner has a one way valve at the top of the tube so no need to taste test the water

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Old 01-14-2014, 10:34 AM   #13
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For getting the fish water to your garden I put a garden hose connector on the end of my gravel vac then bring one end of the garden hose inside. All I needed was one house end connector and the joiner piece that wason the next shelf in the hardware store.
my gravel cleaner has a one way valve at the top of the tube so no need to taste test the water

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I found those garden hose to barb connectors on a home brewing site and the faucet aerator to garden hose connector plus ball valves and quick connects... All sorts of pieces to make the perfect setup. I have lots of garden hoses so I can get water wherever I like.

But, which barb size to choose? I'm ordering a new siphon tube since my old one is much too small and the local store has such a pitiful selection. No information about the tubing size is given for any of them! Is it 1/2"? 5/8"? Something else? Is this standardized or varies by manufacturer? I'm pretty sure the new one will have a larger diameter than my old one since it's meant for much larger tanks.
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Old 01-15-2014, 11:11 AM   #14
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Just wondering how aquaponic works from what you wrote above that's all.
I'll post pics once I get my aquaponic sytem set up. It won't be balanced, but that's why I'll still have the filter on the tank. It's purpose for me is:
1. Practice
2. To reduce water changes
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Old 01-15-2014, 02:24 PM   #15
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The Aqueon siphon comes with a hose barb on the output end. So you could just get some cheap hosing from a hardware store to connect to that and run to your garden
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