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RE: BOUNCE killietalk at aka_org: Admin request: /^subject:\s*help\b/I
My fish room is in the basement too. I have uniform sized stands for all my
aquariums, so that rigging a drain system makes it easier. I use 1 1/2" PVC
drain line run on the front of the racks at a slight pitch to facilitate
draining. I socket in 90 degree drain T's to provide an open port to drain
the waste water into. There is one T in front of each tank. If you socket
in a small [2"] length of pipe into the drain port that faces up in front of
each tank it provides support for a funnel so that you can place a net in
that funnel to catch peat from peat spawners or fish you accidentally suck
into your siphon hose. You can cap the open end of the leading T by using a
rod-out set [threaded plastic plug and adapter fitting-usually sold as a
set]. I usually hand siphon each tank into this drain system. The PVC
drain system is then directed to a sump pit in the basement floor. I am
working on a system that uses Maxi-Jets and some CPVC piping to
automatically pump a group of tanks down to a predetermined level [by where
the Maxi-Jet is suspended on the inside of the tank] at the push of a button
[power switch]. Actually, the people at JEHM Co. [http://jehmco.com/ ] have
a very nice unit that does exactly this. I just need a slightly different
arrangement to meet my particular needs.
Some people also use plastic drain gutter parts to build a drain system.
I also use four 55G. plastic drums that hold my aged replacement water. I
then pump the replacement water from one of the drums to a tank. I connect
the drums serially together with "water bridges" [PVC piping that maintains
a permanent siphon]. That way I only ever fill or empty from one drum. At
the aquarium end of the hose I use a PVC diffuser [that I built] that takes
the high pressure water jet coming from the pump and diffuses it down to a
"volume" flow, but at much less pressure. This way the aquarium can be
refilled without the contents being blasted around. If you go the route of
pumping from drums, you can do it with a sump pump or with an external pump.
If you go with an external pump remember to get a self-priming type if the
pump inlet port is positioned above the water level [unless you make some
special arrangements] or a regular type pump if the water supply is gravity
fed to the pump [pump inlet below the water level].
Needless to say, all sorts of variations are possible, so let us know what
you come up with.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-killietalk at aka_org [SMTP:owner-killietalk at aka_org]
> Sent: Saturday, October 14, 2000 11:49 AM
> To: killietalk at aka_org
> Subject: BOUNCE killietalk at aka_org: Admin request:
> hi i know this has probly been ansered befor and i know i missed it but
> was wondering if anyone would have any good ideas for water changes my
> room is in the basement i have 11 tanks and they are a pain to clean
> out.sorry for being annoying
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