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Re: # Subject: [Killietalk] "U" tubes
*"Curtis Smith" <cskillies at hotmail_com> wrote:*
By all means use a length of airline tubing to start your siphon as it
works well. Get good at it because from my experience with "u" tubes
on a reef tank a few years ago they frequently lost their siphon and
had to be re-started.
That would be a huge problem for an unattended continuous water change
system to lose siphon. [Wet floors!] Besides, my "siphons" will be too
tiny for that kind of start.
Since I probably will use 1/4" black drip irrigation tubing (with a
clear airline section for monitoring), starting will be a minimal
problem. Plug the outlet momentarily and suck with a baster on the
upright opening to get it going. We are talking a double-J tube here,
not the single over the tank edge kind. If continuously fed, it should
be hard to lose siphon unless tank depth actually gets below the lower "U."
Clogging is a bigger problem than losing siphon, IMHO. I probably will
cut a 2" long piece of 1/2" drip line and tap the 1/4" outgoing line
into the center. Stuffed with floss, it should keep babies in and not
clog very easily.
Wright Huntley - Rt. 001 Box K36, Bishop CA 93514 - whuntley at verizon_net
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