Bucket-less water changes..!!!

Discussion in 'Filters, Filtration and Pumps' started by ziggy_909, 10 Jun 2008.

  1. ziggy_909

    ziggy_909 Member

    4 Jun 2008
    need some advice for building a buck-less water change system.....

    have a few questions

    what about temperature of return water
    and also what about water treatment...

    what type of water change system do you use for larger 250 liter tanks....
  2. JamesM

    JamesM Member

    17 Apr 2008
    The BIG End, South Wales
  3. aaronnorth

    aaronnorth Member

    19 Feb 2008
    worksop, nottinghamshire

    here is a topic i started aswell, this is what i ordered to make mine and it works perfect :D

    tap connector
    http://shop.ebay.co.uk/__Garden-Equipme ... 1QQ_npmvZ3

    15m hosepipe - sure you know what one of those is :!:

    nozzle, so i can switch the water off while i am at the tank!

    2 x connectors, one for each end of the pipe. 1 usually comes with the nozzle anyway.

    I try to get the water near enough the smae, aa cool water change can trigger breeding in some species.

    I add dechlr while filling.
  4. TDI-line

    TDI-line Member

    11 Nov 2007
    Yaxley, Peterborough
    I have 3 x 100 litre water butts in my garage, i simply feel these with hard tap water and add any dechlorinator , heat all of them to around 23c at the same time with tank heaters.

    I then use an eheim pump, and pump the water via a hose into the tank.

  5. swackett

    swackett Member

    29 May 2008
    Epsom, Surrey
    I Just created my own one using garden hose and hozelock connectors like so

    Bought the following from B&Q
    1 x Hozelock tap connectorhttp://www.hozelock.com/watering/hose-fittings/connect-to-tap.html
    1 x hozelock stop end http://www.hozelock.com/watering/hose-fittings/connect-to-gun-spinkler/waterstop-connector.html
    3 x hozelock end connectors http://www.hozelock.com/watering/hose-fittings/connect-to-hose/hose-end-connector.html
    1 x Y connector http://www.hozelock.com/watering/hose-fittings/connect-to-hose/y-connector-2293.html
    Garden hose length to suit

    Essentially what you want to do is start a siphon going by using the mains water pressure.

    1. Cut a short piece of hose and attach the tap connector and 1 end connector to it.
    2. Cut enough hose to go from the sink to the aquarium and attach 1 end connector to the hose at the sink end
    3. Cut a short piece of hose and attach the stop end connector and 1 end connector to it.

    To empty the aquarium connect piece 1 and 2 to the Y connector and turn the tap on (make sure the Y connector is in the sink and piece 2 is in the aquarium), the water pressure from the tap running out of the end of the Y will draw the aquarium water along the hose. After about 1 min turn off the tap and the aquarium water should now drain by itself.

    To fill the aquarium turn on the tap and get the water to right temperature (it will be coming out of the 3rd Y connector end) Once the temperature is right fit the piece 3 to the Y connector, this will mean the water now goes to the aquarium, job done.


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