Welcome, Guest
Username: Password: Remember me

TOPIC: No More Water Changes

No More Water Changes 1 month 2 weeks ago #72178

  • Aquamoo
  • Aquamoo's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Microgeophagus ramirezi
  • Posts: 45
  • Thank you received: 2
  • Karma: 0
Has anyone ever considered setting up an automatic water change system or a drip system? You would probably still need to gravel vac but it could save a lot of time if set up properly especially if done on bigger tanks. If you have well water you will likely have no chlorine which would be better for a drip system but if your on tap, you could set up a dosing pump that puts in prime (or whatever water conditioner you use) whenever you have the water change set. I have read stories of people doing this and having 0 nitrates forever which would be pretty dam awesome.

Thank You,
- Aquamoo
The administrator has disabled public write access.

No More Water Changes 1 month 2 weeks ago #72180

  • toom
  • toom's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Platinum Boarder
  • Posts: 4481
  • Thank you received: 442
  • Karma: 15
True but you need a drain. Most people only have this in there kitchen, bathroom and in the basemnet or laundry room.
Auto water changes or drip Systems can be bought in any good floristic Shop and are a peace of cake to install.
We need to stop talking about the people as if they were the crown of creation.
The administrator has disabled public write access.

No More Water Changes 1 month 2 weeks ago #72181

  • buehler
  • buehler's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Microgeophagus ramirezi
  • Posts: 32
  • Thank you received: 3
  • Karma: 0
In the saltwater world there are people that have fishrooms in their basement or garage where they can drain water during changes, and have barrels of pre-made saltwater to top off the tank. I would think it would be even more simple with freshwater. Just spot clean once or twice a week with the gravel vac, then turn some knobs and top off the water.
10 gallon IM Fusion - Zoa Tank
Eagle Eye Zoas
Scrambled Eggs Zoas
Utter Chaos Palyzoas
Fire and Ice Zoas
Pipe coral
Ricordea Mushrooms
Rhodactis Mushrooms
Glove Polyps


phryno.wordpress.com
The administrator has disabled public write access.

No More Water Changes 1 month 1 week ago #72182

  • toom
  • toom's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Platinum Boarder
  • Posts: 4481
  • Thank you received: 442
  • Karma: 15
If you got a fish room with the option of a drain on the floor the best option is internal sump so lets say 240 G tank. A devier pannel and separate this in 3 chambers.
A bottom bulkhead in the first chamber.
So on any water change you clean your filter what gives you enormus maintaince Intervall times.
Also it's very cost effective. You can move like 1200Gph with 15 Watt of Power and you have no hoses or a potential part outside your tank that can fail.

With more and more tanks you want to keep it as simple and standartized as possible.
We need to stop talking about the people as if they were the crown of creation.
The administrator has disabled public write access.

No More Water Changes 1 month 1 week ago #72184

  • Oscarmon
  • Oscarmon's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Apistogramma agassizii
  • Posts: 111
  • Thank you received: 6
  • Karma: 3
Never considered it... Yet. It would seem to be a great, cost effective course of action to set something up like this in the long run. However, I don't think anyone (that's still active anyways) has one of these.

You can try this: www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/diy_auto_water_changes.php I never had time to read it myself.
The administrator has disabled public write access.

No More Water Changes 1 month 1 week ago #72193

  • Rob167
  • Rob167's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Platinum Boarder
  • Posts: 2229
  • Thank you received: 185
  • Karma: 15
toom

do you have a crude picture of this 3 chamber process.
my fish room has a shower stall that CAN be removed .
i cant imagine how sweet to change 400G with a twist of the wrist.
180 oscar/silver $$s/pleco
75 female JD
125 Malawi
29 Serpae / danios/ angel
10g dwarf gaurami / Neon tetras

98 lb Irish cream Labrador retriever
200 year old miserable jack Russell rat thing ( came with wife)- RIP 6/11/17
2 english bulldogs
9 year old- for sale- doesn't do chores-
The administrator has disabled public write access.

No More Water Changes 1 month 1 week ago #72194

  • Rob167
  • Rob167's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Platinum Boarder
  • Posts: 2229
  • Thank you received: 185
  • Karma: 15
never mind..previous pics just loaded...
180 oscar/silver $$s/pleco
75 female JD
125 Malawi
29 Serpae / danios/ angel
10g dwarf gaurami / Neon tetras

98 lb Irish cream Labrador retriever
200 year old miserable jack Russell rat thing ( came with wife)- RIP 6/11/17
2 english bulldogs
9 year old- for sale- doesn't do chores-
The administrator has disabled public write access.

No More Water Changes 1 month 1 week ago #72195

  • toom
  • toom's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Platinum Boarder
  • Posts: 4481
  • Thank you received: 442
  • Karma: 15
Hey Rob. Write "mehrkammerinnenfilter" (yes we love long words :P) into Google pictures. It's self explaining and there are several different variants.
I prefer the one that goes from front to back on a side of the tank.
I the first chamber there where is your main mech filtration you do a bottom drain and on any water change you can squeeze that sponge and clean it off or just let do the vac the job.

Also because you are internal you don't need to lift water. You can use an wave maker as pump unit. Tunze Nanostreams are pretty good for this because they have a round outlet that can be PVC plumbed or can use drilled holes.
Also they are powerful and low on energy consumation. Of course you brake the flow by the Media but you still has like 2500 Liters per hour on a 6045 Nanostream so basicly a little bit more as the net output of an Fluval FX6 but only on 7 Watt instead of 42.

You still can use sMaller ones like the 6025, 6018 and 6015,they are all the same size and can be switched.

A friends fish room runs like this, very impressive Setups from 150 to several 650G Setups. Filtered via canisters and sumps under the tank this would be unbeleavable expensive here.
We need to stop talking about the people as if they were the crown of creation.
The administrator has disabled public write access.
Moderators: sprout, ~rush~, screwsloose
Time to create page: 0.120 seconds
Powered by Kunena Forum