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Sharon

Making adaptations to a syphon hose
 
I've made some changes to my syphon hose so I can syphon water directly into my sink when I do water changes...the hose is now 16ft with a suction pump(the same type used on outboard motor tanks) attached. My sink is 1 to 2in. lower than my tank. The water will empty into the sink but the suction on the vac. end is low and I'm concerned it will not effectively clean the gravel. I think it may be because there is very little incline. Anyone got any ideas on how to correct this?:confused:

Bernie

Re: Making adaptations to a syphon hose
 
That sounds like a great idea you came up with Sharon:) and a lot of hose - sorry but I have no idea other then trying to prop up the vac. end with something or lowering the sink:eek:

Just curious - have you noticed if it works better at a lower angle, say into a bucket on the floor, at least then you would know if it is the position/height of the sink.

Bernie

Re: Making adaptations to a syphon hose
 
Hi Sharon - just wondering how you were getting on with the syphon problem, sorry that we couldn't come up with any solutions for you:(

Sharon

Re: Making adaptations to a syphon hose
 
Hi Bernie
My syphon adaptation was a failure:( ...I think for gravity flow there just wasn't enough difference in the height of the tank and the sink. Also the connecters had to be smaller than the hose, further reducing the flow.
Oh well, live and learn!!! ;) I'm considering getting a python. I have a neck injury (from a car accident) and lifting buckets of water isn't an option for me.

Bernie

Re: Making adaptations to a syphon hose
 
So sorry to hear that, and about your injury-it would make things very difficult:( I know! buckets of water are so heavy aren't they! you wouldn't think water would weigh that much.

When I use a syphon hose that is about 1.5 mtrs in length for one of my tanks that is near a sink (there is about 12 inches in height difference with the sink lower) I don't have a pump or anything I have to suck on one end to get it going and then quickly put it in the sink:eek:. The flow isn't great but it eventually does the job. Luckily I only have smaller tanks!

I don't think this would work for you though Sharon;) The python is probably the best way to go.

Sorry again that it didn't work.

RatMan

Re: Making adaptations to a syphon hose
 
Sharon ..personally I use a python for my larger tank but for my Discus I use the bucket and syphon way and then take the water in the summer out to the roses and grapes, winter time all the tanks get cleaned with the python....and my back loves it...

Sharon

Re: Making adaptations to a syphon hose
 
I bought a Python awhile back...It's Much easier!!!:)

greenmommy

Re: Making adaptations to a syphon hose
 
I was wondering how you Python users keep the hose clean and dry between uses?

Sharon

Re: Making adaptations to a syphon hose
 
I just drain all the water out after using, but it is never completely dry. It hasn't given me a problem....:)

greenmommy

Re: Making adaptations to a syphon hose
 
No one has had issues with mold/mildew in the line?


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