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post #41 of 167 Old 03-30-2015, 12:46 PM
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Can you post a few picts of your of the PVC water tool you built? Looking forward to seeing what your drain system looks like for your tanks. Great idea.

Great info on dirt tanks if you havn't seen this before:

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post #42 of 167 Old 04-01-2015, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
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Can you post a few picts of your of the PVC water tool you built? Looking forward to seeing what your drain system looks like for your tanks. Great idea.

Great info on dirt tanks if you havn't seen this before:

How to: Natural Planted tank
How to: Natural Planted tank - Page 4

I haven't forgot the pic but I keep forgetting to take that pic.

I have a drain system worked out just need to buy the pvc to get started. Hoping I can get started this weekend but I'm worried I will not have time to do that project also.

Thanks for those links I had not seen them.


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post #43 of 167 Old 04-02-2015, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Here are a few photos of the tool I made. The one on the left is my refill tool the two on the right are part of my drain system but they are still a work in progress.

The refill tool is all made from 3/4" PVC pipe. The green hose goes thru a 2" hole in the wall(floor level) to my utility sink, I have it set for hot and cold water so my temp is correct going back into the tanks. I can pull the tool to every tank in my room and when I'm done just push the hose back thru the hole in the wall.

The part in the tank has 12 cuts in it so the water will come out with less pressure. I was worried it would still stray a lot but it doesn't. This pipe is the only thing not glued, I was thinking I could change pipes for different tanks but it has worked in them all just fine.


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The pipes that are on the right are part of my drain system. They are 1/2" PVC pipe my plan is to hang them on the tank when I want to drain the water to a given level, different pipes on the inside to drain to different levels. I will have a 25% and 50% level, I will have different ones for each size tank. I will be able to vac the tank then start the drain and start on the next tank. Once the water gets to the right level it will stop draining. Then I can at my refill tool and let if fill back up.

These are a work in progress I might scrap the whole idea if it doesn't work as well as I think it should. Picking up the stuff for the drain system tonight so with luck will have it going this weekend and can test it out.


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post #44 of 167 Old 04-03-2015, 06:19 AM
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Looks good to me, I would keep going with that idea!
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post #45 of 167 Old 04-03-2015, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
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I got some free time last night and I started my drain system.

I did a lot of reading about how much water will freely flow thru PVC pipe so I would know what size to get. I used 1" pipe because I would be using 3/4" or 1/2" hose to drain to the pipe. Knowing where I would put the pipe I wanted it to be small enough that it wasn't in the way.

This weekend I will be adding up right sections to the T's so the hose stays in better and cut down on the risk of over flowing. Also going to put a net of the end of the pipe to catch anything that gets sucked up from the tank. That will also be a safety net for the fish in case I suck one up.


On Thursday night I do water changes, no real cleaning just changing the water. So last night I had two tanks draining and one tank refilling while I'm sitting in the chair watching. That is the way to do water changes.

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The empty tanks in the pics are going to be my dirt tanks. Hoping to pick up the stuff tonight to set them up this weekend. Also going to get black paint so I can paint the rack and PVC drain. Really should have painted the rack before I added tanks but I will be able to work around that.


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post #46 of 167 Old 04-06-2015, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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After using the drain system I really like it, it makes water changes much easier and faster. I added the up right sections and that does help hold the hose in, making it much nicer. I will be making a few changes, I don't like the placement of the T's. I will take 1 out and move the other two to be more central to all the tanks.



Also got my first dirt tank started. The water is still pretty cloudy and I fear I don't have enough plants but we will see how it works this week.


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post #47 of 167 Old 04-07-2015, 06:47 AM
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Yep sounds excellent! Just make sure to do everyother day wc on the dirt if u want the cloud to go down. After a quick probation dirt tanks take off!!! I really think your gonna like the way dirt goes for ya, seems like my fish breed like mad.... Can say about my plants in there....... The acaras have been like a wrecking crew this season,...... 2 spawns tho and some free swimming fry as of last night.
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post #48 of 167 Old 04-07-2015, 08:06 AM Thread Starter
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Yep sounds excellent! Just make sure to do everyother day wc on the dirt if u want the cloud to go down. After a quick probation dirt tanks take off!!! I really think your gonna like the way dirt goes for ya, seems like my fish breed like mad.... Can say about my plants in there....... The acaras have been like a wrecking crew this season,...... 2 spawns tho and some free swimming fry as of last night.

It took it a few days to clear so I could see the plants, I touched the gravel last night and it got cloudy all over again. But it cleared pretty quick that time.

I read that I will get a ammonia spike so I planed on keeping it fish less for about a month. Then I'm going to move my male and female guppies into the tank.

Really hope I put enough plants in the tank. I put all my swords in there but they don't take a lot of room.


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post #49 of 167 Old 04-07-2015, 11:15 PM
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I usually add fish in 1-2 days after I set up my planted tank. If it has enough plants it should be be fine to add the fish. I do water changes 25-50% every 1-3 days during the first week depending on readings. I watch my fish and snails....if they are not trying to get out of the tank then parameters must be good. Once you get a soil based planted tank established you will have to make minimal water changes.
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post #50 of 167 Old 04-08-2015, 06:53 AM
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Well its a dirt tank so hes right on the money, its best to "cycle" with no fish. That way you can do big WC's with out the wories. You should be ok to add fish at two weeks tho
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