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    When doing my PWC, I got tired of having to empty the very heavy and a PITA to move 35 gal garbage can of old tank water. I had to wheel it into the bathroom to pump it down the drain and then clean the pump (it would get sand in it).

    I bought a cheap 25 ft garden hose, shortened it a bit and attached it (using hose clamps) to my siphon squeeze bulb, which is attached to my vacuum tube. I secure a small fishnet over the end of the vac tube (keeping fish out of the tube) and empty about 30 gal right into my kitchen sink drain. Then I drop the hose into a 5 gal bucket and vacuum my sand, which removes about 5 more gal of tank water. So far, I haven't sucked up any fish, but if I do they are easily returned to the tank. It's soooo much faster and easier and gets my 35 gal PWC done in no time. And my pump stays clean and is only used to pump my made RO/DI water into the tank.
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    Nice. With the water change routine you now have, you'll have to exercise more to keep in shape.
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    Yea I do my small tanks with just a hose and a siphon. The 75 I may invest in a longer hose and use the power head to drain it

    The python works, but it is slow at emptying the tanks. Great for filling them though

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    The python works, but it is slow at emptying the tanks. Great for filling them though
    I was wondering about that...scared to see how many gallons of tap water I'll have to waste to do the emptying phase of the WC's in the 40 breeder (if and when I ever get to set it up)
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    I was wondering about that...scared to see how many gallons of tap water I'll have to waste to do the emptying phase of the WC's in the 40 breeder (if and when I ever get to set it up)
    Exactly, it sucks wasting all that, I don't pay for water (rent my house) but I still feel bad for the environment

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    Speaking of the environment....if....IF....I get to put the 40 where I really want it to go, in the front of the house (living room), I should be able to stretch a siphon tube out the front door, and to my flower beds by the front door...empty the tank and water the flowers at the same time

    I am big on water conservation...we have window AC units at my house, I keep water pails under them to collect the condensate that drips from them when it's humid here (always), and use it to water my plants
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    I'm sure the fl0wers will be very grateful, I put all my tank water 0ut the wind0w t0 the burning bush. N0t harmful t0 anything seeing as the 0nly think I add t0 my water is dechl0rinat0r and a tiny bit 0f blackwater extract.
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    Yes Longshot, I don't think it can hurt, especially with a little bit of 'fish fertilizer' thrown in
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    Used FRESHWATER aquarium water is awesome for watering the in-door plants as well. Been doing that for years and the plants show their pleasure. Not so much my saltwater. lol
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