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[APD] RE: Aquatic-Plants Digest, Vol 14, Issue 52
> Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 12:51:28 -0700
> From: MJPinckard <MJPinckard at lbl_gov>
> Subject: [APD] Continuous Water change system
> reservoir tank - 50 - 100 gallon range (the larger the better)
> current plan to fill reservoir with my python (or garden hose)
> long-term option might be to plumb to house water with filter to
> remove chloramines
> gravity fed drip from higher elevation reservoir to main tank
> will have a valve to adjust flow rate
> flow set sufficient to drain reservoir on weekly basis
> PVC flow-through siphon from main tank (see description) at
> I might have more than one siphon for redundancy
> (don't want 100 gallons of water on the floor)
> Long-term, I might consider directing overflow through several smaller
> aquariums as well before going to garden
> Overflow drains to gravity fed system watering backyard plants (downhill
> from tank)
> current thought is to drain to another rain barrel which would
> supply water pressure for soaker hoses.
> if outside barrel overflows it doesn't matter.
> Ferts/chemicals would be dosed to reservoir tank
> Obviously I don't want water over the floor... any feedback to improve?
Talk to Alan Kaufman from the local sfbaaps group here in SF about a
continous type of water change system, he has one, Bob has one etc, they
are great and automatic. Far more simple to maintain and to set up.
Continous is not better, automatic water changes can be better/easy though.
They both have Discus and do 2x a week water changes, about 40% or so.
Simple, easy to deal with.
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