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aunt kymmie 08-06-2008 02:17 PM

Pump for Water Changes?
 
I was wondering if anyone could tell me what they think would be the best equipment for doing water changes. I have a 100 gal acrylic that has only two openings on the top and the nearest sink/hose is all the way in another room. I don't care to be lugging around a bunch of buckets & such.

I'd want to do a 20% to 25% water change weekly. If I bought a 30 gallon water container (trash can) how would I get the water from the container up into the tank? Is there some type of pump that I could insert into the container that would do that for me without making a huge mess on my living room floor?

I'm looking on line but the "pumps" I see all look like they were meant to be hooked into a garden hose. I'm sure I'm looking in the wrong places.
Help, anyone?? Thanks!

jeaninel 08-06-2008 02:46 PM

Have you looked into the Pythons? They hook onto any sink and come in lengths up to 100ft. I have a 50 footer and love it. it has made doing water changes SO much easier and faster. No more lugging buckets!

http://www.pythonproducts.com/aqprod.html

Flashygrrl 08-06-2008 03:55 PM

I love my Python. They also make extensions if your sink is further than 100ft away.

PDXfishy 08-06-2008 04:39 PM

How would you carry a 30 gallon container? Without a pump you would need to level it above your tank. Pythons look convenient, though I'm wondering how one gets the chlorine out of the water?

jeaninel 08-06-2008 04:47 PM

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I'm wondering how one gets the chlorine out of the water?
You add the water conditioner to the tank as the water is filling.

aunt kymmie 08-06-2008 05:08 PM

LOL :lol: No way was I going to carry a 30 gallon container with water. I was going set the 30 gallon container next to the tank & fill it from the garden hose that is just outside my front door. The tank is only ten feet from the front door. After filling the 30 gal container I was going to treat it with Prime and let the water sit for 24 hours. After that I wanted to pump it into the tank. I was wondering if Python made a pump that you insert into a container that would pump from floor level up into the tank.

jeaninel, are you saying I can just run the water directly into the tank from the garden hose, and at the same time I treat it for chlorine? This isn't going to stress out my fish? If it's not going to bother the fish that it sounds like the best solution. I thought you treated the water and then let it sit for at least 24 hours to *age*???

jeaninel 08-07-2008 02:20 AM

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jeaninel, are you saying I can just run the water directly into the tank from the garden hose, and at the same time I treat it for chlorine? This isn't going to stress out my fish? If it's not going to bother the fish that it sounds like the best solution. I thought you treated the water and then let it sit for at least 24 hours to *age*???
Use a sink in the house so you can adjust the water to the right temperature. Also, don't use a garden hose as I've heard that there is a substance in the hose that may be harmful. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

The water conditioner works instantly. I measure it into the tank just before filling it back up with the Python and I've never had any problem.

aunt kymmie 08-07-2008 10:55 AM

Thanks for reminding me about the water temp...had totally forgotten about that....duh! I use the python to exit the water being changed from the tank through the front door. I then measure the dechlorinator into the tank before adding the correct tempature water from the kitchen sink. Perfect solution. Getting the python ordered now. Thanks so much for the info! I truly appreciate the help!!

Flashygrrl 08-07-2008 04:30 PM

Well, see, the python had the faucet hookup that utilizes water pressure to suck the water out of the tank so it comes out into the sink so it doesn't have to go out the front door. You could just leave the python unhooked to drain it if you wanted to fertilize flowers with the old stuff, though. You'll have to make someone suck really hard on the hose though :)


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