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Offline antoblfc

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DIY Aquarium Water Changer
« on: October 25, 2012, 04:15:11 PM »
Every time it was water change time I had a bit of a job in doing so.I decided to put a pump together to make life easy.There was a spare
1000 lph filter pump lying about and some hose spare from an external filter.Joing the hose to the pump i then immersed the pump into the tank.Pluged it in and presto.The water level was quickly receding to 2 thirds .I then reversed the pump into the container with the fresh water supply.All in all I had finished about a 150ltr change in 10 mins.When normally it would take 30min.Would highly recommend if you have spares knocking about.


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DIY Aquarium Water Changer
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2012, 04:19:20 PM »
Quality!! Gonna give it ago on Sunday :)  Thanks for sharing
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Re: DIY Aquarium Water Changer
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2012, 04:20:29 PM »
My Pleasure Mate.
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Re: DIY Aquarium Water Changer
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2012, 07:43:58 AM »
Yer I have a similar set up but connected to a longer hose, chuck the hose out the window/door to empty. Then I have another long hose which I connect to the tap to re fill, easy peasy : )
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Re: DIY Aquarium Water Changer
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2012, 05:04:08 PM »
Have done this for years.
Very good way to replace water. You do not have the pots to be carried back and forth  :)

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Re: DIY Aquarium Water Changer
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2012, 11:35:37 AM »
Can you re-upload the pictures?

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Re: DIY Aquarium Water Changer
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2013, 03:30:30 AM »
  My water changer was so good I married her.
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Re: DIY Aquarium Water Changer
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2013, 08:44:14 AM »
Lmao!!
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Re: DIY Aquarium Water Changer
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2013, 06:24:57 PM »
Do much the same mate nice one

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Re: DIY Aquarium Water Changer
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2013, 06:52:15 PM »
Did water change today  :41 Try it next week now,cheers fella  :thumbup
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Re: DIY Aquarium Water Changer
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2013, 10:09:05 PM »
I use the powerhead in my tank to pump the water out to my grid, i then connect to same tube to the outside tap and will the tank. After then cleaning around, Full time taken 1/2 hour. Happy days Laa.

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Re: DIY Aquarium Water Changer
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Re: DIY Aquarium Water Changer
« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2013, 12:25:36 AM »
For my old tanks i used a gravel vac hosed attached to a pond pump i picked up from the local hardware store, very efficient, I have however on occasion dropped the gravel vac and sucked up all the substrate within a matter of seconds haha - always put it into a bucket not right out the window. I fill up a 60l garbage bin ($5 from the local hardware), mix up all the additives and conditioners and then drop the pump back in and let it flow back out
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Re: DIY Aquarium Water Changer
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2013, 05:39:52 PM »
Awesome.

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Re: DIY Aquarium Water Changer
« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2013, 10:27:46 PM »
  My water changer was so good I married her.

LMAO
Same here mate, can't beat natural suction  :02
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Re: DIY Aquarium Water Changer
« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2013, 10:06:52 AM »
question about this, is it ok to put tap water straight into the tank and then treat it when the tank is full again?

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Re: DIY Aquarium Water Changer
« Reply #15 on: December 02, 2013, 10:21:39 AM »
I wouldnt do that mate, I only have a 10L bucket and treat each time before adding to the tank...some people have big water butts they treat the day before as letting the water stand is better but I dont have this luxury 😕
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Re: DIY Aquarium Water Changer
« Reply #16 on: December 02, 2013, 11:16:17 AM »
I wouldnt do that mate, I only have a 10L bucket and treat each time before adding to the tank...some people have big water butts they treat the day before as letting the water stand is better but I dont have this luxury 😕

that's the way i do it at the moment, bucket by bucket, still this idea is handy tho for getting the water out but i will have to stick with adding it back one bucket at a time  :thumbup

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Re: DIY Aquarium Water Changer
« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2013, 11:18:33 AM »
Yer its hard work but all worth it 😉
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Re: DIY Aquarium Water Changer
« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2013, 01:54:46 PM »
  My water changer was so good I married her.
I bet you looked over your shoulder a few times while typing that discus :p
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Re: DIY Aquarium Water Changer
« Reply #19 on: December 05, 2013, 11:49:50 AM »
Imagine having to walk back and fourth with a bucket of water for a 55. That's what I'm stuck doing. :(

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Re: DIY Aquarium Water Changer
« Reply #20 on: December 05, 2013, 01:57:17 PM »
Get a Python water changer Lady ;-)




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Re: DIY Aquarium Water Changer
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Re: DIY Aquarium Water Changer
« Reply #21 on: December 05, 2013, 03:19:11 PM »
Want one! Where did you get that Dean?
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Re: DIY Aquarium Water Changer
« Reply #22 on: December 05, 2013, 03:33:32 PM »
Gonna make one of those methinks, already have some of those connectors  :nod:
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Re: DIY Aquarium Water Changer
« Reply #23 on: December 05, 2013, 03:46:21 PM »
Well I have none of those parts and am not a practical kind of guy lol...if its £50 that bad boy will pay for itself after 5 weeks like lol.

Question...can it be used to fill as well as drain?
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Re: DIY Aquarium Water Changer
« Reply #24 on: December 05, 2013, 03:47:47 PM »
Yes Chris ;-)
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