05-25-2013, 10:17 PM
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Yep, been there, flooded that! My primary problem is I try to be efficient - cleaning one tank while filling another. Unfortunately, I forget that I'm filling another tank until I hear water splashing on the floor.
I have come to the conclusion that I am far too easily distracted to be trusted doing anything but watching the tank(s) fill...
Cleaning: Circulate a bleach solution through using a cheap powerhead.
FYI: I actually made specific 3' hose "ends", that I plug onto the drain hose, for each of my tanks to prevent cross-contamination. The clean water hose never touches the tank water and my fill hose never is used to drain. I also use a mesh across the drain hose (tank end) to prevent smaller fish from being siphoned out. You can use the big spring binder clips (the 1" ones) to hold the hose in place in your tank while draining.
I siphon all my tanks (in the summer) onto the plants in the yard. I bought a really long bunch of tubing at the big-box home improvement store. Helps offset the cost of the fish hobby, at least a little.
Last edited by DKRST; 05-25-2013 at 10:24 PM..