05-27-2010, 04:18 PM
| || | Involuntary mopping and the modern water change....
I've included photos of the set up below. Thanks to the wonders of modern medicine I cannot stand for long periods, much less hump buckets across my house for protracted periods of time. For the past week and until today I had just been changing 5 gallons a day in my 55 gallon tank in stead of a big weekly. I was doing 1-2 in my ten gallon fry tank every day. Thanks to modern economics, namely my blowing an inordinate amount of money to entertain my father who was supposed to be doing this for me but thought it was stupid
, I couldn't afford the $70 is would have cost to buy the sink attachment and extension hoses to do changes from the tap. SO... I improvised. For $17 I was able to acquire 2 - 25 foot RV drinking water hoses (that is the nearest sink) the coupler from the faucet to the hose and some PVC to shape a diffuser/hose holder. (think cursive U) In theory everything should have gone down without a drop of water hitting the floor.
Enter Jaws music... instead I have about ten towels on my living room floor and another five in the kitchen. Everything leaked when I did a dry run in the kitchen... rather a wet run. I fixed that, then put everything in place. I got the water to temp by running it through the spray nozel on the sink. Once that was good, I let it go the 55 gallon that was down about 30 gallons. That filled without issue. The problem came when it was time to pull the PVC diffuser out. The whole thing fell apart. and about of gallon went on the floor. We got that covered then repeated the process on the ten gallon tank across the room sans the upturn of the diffuser. Emptying the tank dumped a bunch of water cause the drain hose fell out of the window. I guess I'll need a longer one with a weight on it.
So the question I pose to ya'll. Is there something in my technique that can be fine tuned? Or a trick that one of you savvy fish people know that is eluding me? Or is this just beginner error that will hopefully go smoother the more I do it?