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New garden hose safe for fish?
Old 08-01-2013, 09:51 PM   #1
 
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New garden hose safe for fish?

I just got a garden hose and adaptor to connect to my sink to make water changes 10x easier. Sort of like half of a poor/lazy man's python. Could the chemicals inside a new hose (they always smell like chemicals) be harmful to fish? I don't want to waste water running it for no reason.
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:43 PM   #2
 
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Personally I would not use that hose for the reasons you mention.

Instead, I would suggest that you purchase a Fresh Water Hose that is safe for humans to drink water from..

They sell them at Wal-Mart click right here

I did the same thing and saved some $'s over a Python
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:31 AM   #3
 
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Hmmm I may get that it's the same price. Walmart has "limited stock." I feel like at this point maybe I should get a python. My gravel cleaner is sort of getting bad anyways... :P
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Old 08-02-2013, 02:38 AM   #4
 
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Agree with not using the garden hose. Look for hoses that are for potable water, you can find them usually in the rv camping section. Another thing you can look into is making your own water changer system with vinyl tubing and different connectors. I have seen some good diys, just have to do some searching. Again with the vinyl tubing make sure it is safe for drinking water, can find this in the plumbing section of a place like Home Depot or Lowes.
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Old 08-02-2013, 02:53 AM   #5
 
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Yea I use it once but there's only Malaysian trumpet snails ATM... The hose was $10 and python is only 40... Maybe I can find a cheaper brand somewhere.

Speaking of which, you add the dechlorinator and then the tap water, and that's fine?
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:57 AM   #6
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Yea I use it once but there's only Malaysian trumpet snails ATM... The hose was $10 and python is only 40... Maybe I can find a cheaper brand somewhere.

Speaking of which, you add the dechlorinator and then the tap water, and that's fine?
Yes to the dechlorinator, that is fine.

I wouldn't be as concerned about the garden hose issue. It you were, just let it run enough to flush out any sitting water first, but if it is stored dry or flushed first there is no water sitting in the hose long enough to absorb any chemicals.

If you anti up for the python or potable tubing... that works too, no reason not too. I just went to the local hardware store and bought 5/8" clear tubing, it was pretty cheap. I can't connect to my tap so a python would not work... and I find the size of the vacuum cylinder was too large too (I don't actually vacuum anymore anyway so that no longer matters). I use a little pump in the sink now to get water to the tank.

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Old 08-02-2013, 09:11 AM   #7
 
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The aqueon python rip off seems decent and it's on amazon for $23 only (get to $25 and it's free shipping).... So I may go with that. I just bought a hose adapter that fits both my sinks. I'll have to research what the aqueon fits...

I'll probably get it anyways because it seems easier and the hose was $10 so for $15 more I can make my life sooo much easier. And when school starts I'll be pressed for time and this way I won't ever get lazy with water changes.... It's still a mess with one hose out and one in.

I like to try DIY things but I always feel like I make an inferior product and end up spending a similar amount plus a lot of time and gas searching around for parts. :P

I was considering putting my new baby angels I'm ordering in the 44g :/ that's why I'm especially concerned about the chemicals.
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:37 PM   #8
 
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Will just say I used a new garden hose for about 2years for filling up my tanks. Never had an issue. It got stored inside and was never used for anything else.
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Old 09-03-2013, 02:34 AM   #9
 
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Check out the pressure ratings on those camper hoses. Not all are rated for household pressure (60 psi.). I had one and did not check the rating and it failed. The manufacturers web site indicated it was for 40 psi.
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Old 10-01-2013, 06:21 PM   #10
 
I read online somehere before you can use the garden hose if you run it first for a little bit with hot water.
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