Originally Posted by BarbH
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.