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Has anyone had experience with Aqueon Water Changer or Lee's Ultimate Gravel/Vac Kit
Old 08-06-2011, 11:47 PM   #1
 
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Has anyone had experience with Aqueon Water Changer or Lee's Ultimate Gravel/Vac Kit

I have decided that one of my next investments is going to be on a water changer system. At this current time I have been using the syphon/bucket method. I have heard a lot about the Python, which is not available to me locally. Two different systems which I have found is the Aqueon Water Changer, which is available at petsmart, and also Lee's Ulitmate Gravel/Vac, which is available at my local pet provisions. From what I can tell both items look very similar. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with either of these products? What where any of the problems that you had? With having close to 100 gallons going in different tanks and soon to be just over 100, I would like to find a way to be able to keep up with my water changes which will allow me to have more time to be able to sit and enjoy watching fish, and not hauling bucket after bucket of water from one place to the next.
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Old 08-07-2011, 12:19 AM   #2
 
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I have decided that one of my next investments is going to be on a water changer system. At this current time I have been using the syphon/bucket method. I have heard a lot about the Python, which is not available to me locally. Two different systems which I have found is the Aqueon Water Changer, which is available at petsmart, and also Lee's Ulitmate Gravel/Vac, which is available at my local pet provisions. From what I can tell both items look very similar. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with either of these products? What where any of the problems that you had? With having close to 100 gallons going in different tanks and soon to be just over 100, I would like to find a way to be able to keep up with my water changes which will allow me to have more time to be able to sit and enjoy watching fish, and not hauling bucket after bucket of water from one place to the next.
I use the Aqueon Water changing syphon. Like you,,I used to haul bucket's for year's, and only began using the auotomatic water refill/syphon three or four years ago.
If I'm just changing water ,,I remove the sink adapter and run the hose out the door. This saves a lot of water when draining. When time to refill,,I place the sink adapter back on the end of the hose,Turn water on to adjust temp, and add enough dechlorinator to the tank before I switch the adapter to fill posistion.
My Aqueon has approx 75 feet of hose to reach all tanks and the longer the hose,,the less suction it seems to have so when vaccuming the substrate,,I still use a hand held vaccum and a five gallon bucket.
Usually only takes about five gallon bucket full to completely vaccum the substrate.after that,, I continue to drain the tank as described above. You can drain and vaccum,and refill the tank with the sink adapter hooked up but in my view,,this wastes a lot of water.
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Old 08-07-2011, 12:39 AM   #3
 
Just make your own. The silly sink adaptor that requires you to run the sink the entire time is a complete waste. You don't need to create a vacuum to do what gravity does normally. Just run a hose outside or into the bathtub. You can buy the clear vinyl hose for 21 to 36 cents a foot at a hardware store. I use to fill from a sink, now I use the shower which has been much better IMO. However it has a couple time the water pressure of the tap. Here is a thread that might help. Took me about 10 minuets to put my hose together.
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Old 08-07-2011, 12:58 AM   #4
 
I use the aqueon changer, its wonderful. Like 1077, i run mine out the door for draining. However, i have yet to refill with it because i have no faucets that allow for adapters. However, it does save a lot of time and makes draining a lot easier. I put a net over the intake section when i drain to avoid having fish get sucked into the tube while i water my grass.
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Old 08-07-2011, 12:58 AM   #5
 
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Just make your own. The silly sink adaptor that requires you to run the sink the entire time is a complete waste. You don't need to create a vacuum to do what gravity does normally. Just run a hose outside or into the bathtub. You can buy the clear vinyl hose for 21 to 36 cents a foot at a hardware store. I use to fill from a sink, now I use the shower which has been much better IMO. However it has a couple time the water pressure of the tap. Here is a thread that might help. Took me about 10 minuets to put my hose together.
Does this not require taking the shower head off each time you use the re-fill hose?
I just remove the sink adpater from Aqueon/Python while draining out the door or window, and then re-attach it for re- filling from the sink or faucet for washing machine depending on where tanks are located.
Seems to me that temp of new water added to the tank would be hard to adjust (Not too cold or too warm) with direct re-fill from faucet and no means to adjust it before water for re- filling reaches the tank.But then different strokes for different folks.
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Does this not require taking the shower head off each time you use the re-fill hose?
I just remove the sink adpater from Aqueon/Python while draining out the door or window, and then re-attach it for re- filling from the sink or faucet for washing machine depending on where tanks are located.
Seems to me that temp of new water added to the tank would be hard to adjust (Not too cold or too warm) with direct re-fill from faucet and no means to adjust it before water for re- filling reaches the tank.But then different strokes for different folks.
yeah. Usually the first time you take the showerhead off you need a wrench or a strong person. After that it screws on and off easy. Not all people have a sink that is threaded for a hose or adapter to attach to. I used the sink at my parents house, at my apartment I use the shower. Comparing the two I like the shower better. My tactic is to drain all the tanks first then refill them. I have close to 100 gallons in my room. Drain one tank, drain another tank and so forth. Then refill the first tank I drained. That way I only have to start the siphon once too. Its not hard to adjust temp its a is a full bath so I usually test from the bathtub spout then pull the pin to start the shower. I'm not too picky about temp though. I generally do cool water changes since my tanks are on the warm side. Only real difference is the much higher water pressure. First time I used it I completely shot the hose out of the tank I was trying to fill. On the other hand I can fill tanks so much faster now, literally a few minuets and thats only using half the pressure available.
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Old 08-07-2011, 01:40 AM   #7
 
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yeah. Usually the first time you take the showerhead off you need a wrench or a strong person. After that it screws on and off easy. Not all people have a sink that is threaded for a hose or adapter to attach to. I used the sink at my parents house, at my apartment I use the shower. Comparing the two I like the shower better. My tactic is to drain all the tanks first then refill them. I have close to 100 gallons in my room. Drain one tank, drain another tank and so forth. Then refill the first tank I drained. That way I only have to start the siphon once too. Its not hard to adjust temp its a is a full bath so I usually test from the bathtub spout then pull the pin to start the shower. I'm not too picky about temp though. I generally do cool water changes since my tanks are on the warm side. Only real difference is the much higher water pressure. First time I used it I completely shot the hose out of the tank I was trying to fill. On the other hand I can fill tanks so much faster now, literally a few minuets and thats only using half the pressure available.
Oh yes,, I see. Pulling the lever from bath to shower would allow temp to be adjusted easily.
I might just go ahead and set up 75 gallon in the bedroom and use this method. I forgot completely that the bathtub has a lever to switch from bath to shower.
I found a three way fixture that allows me to hook the Aqueon to the faucet for washing machine in basement and was nearly ready to place the 75 gallon tank downstairs .
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