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DIY water change rig

Postby Labek » Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:16 pm

Hello Everyone,

Well, after installation of my new tank http://www.lakemalawicichlids.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=10651, I decided it would also be a good idea to sort out some form of simple water change device. No way was I going to lug a handful of 10litre buckets up that high and try pouring the water in slowly! :td:

Anyway, I decided on using some form of small pump (cheap 12v caravan water pump) within a standard 25litre barrel, with a pipe leading directly into the tank, with a simple power switch to control the pump. This was mainly to prevent the pump running dry once it'd emptied the barrel.

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Inside the barrel showing the pump:
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Return pipe:
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Power switch box:
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Complete and ready to run!
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I'd be very happy to supply a detailed list of what I did, if anyone is interested. It really does make my life easier! :tu:

Cheers,
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Re: DIY water change rig

Postby G13SUT » Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:02 pm

This looks brilliant i would benefit from something like this. Save me going back and forth.
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Re: DIY water change rig

Postby Clare » Mon Feb 18, 2013 10:38 pm

Nice little picture right up there. :clap: :tu:
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Re: DIY water change rig

Postby Edam » Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:43 pm

What is the pump?
I have been looking for a pump I can put into a 25 litre.
I even have a 12v nicad battery pack which would be able to power it.
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Re: DIY water change rig

Postby Labek » Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:21 pm

Hi Edam,

The pump is a Whale 'Self-Venting Submersible & In-Line Booster Pump', which runs at 2.3Amps, and drains the 25litre barrel in approx. 2 mins, so is in no way over-powered, but would've simply dropped the voltage if it was.

I'm running it off a 5Amp power supply (from a cheap LED light strip!), but would've used a rechargeable 9.6v or 12v (car) battery instead - no problem.

Pump only cost a tenner too! :tu:
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Re: DIY water change rig

Postby Edam » Sat Mar 02, 2013 3:44 pm

Thanks for the info.
I make up two 25l of nitrate free water using a Nitragon so to be able to pump it , after heating it, into the tank will be brilliant.
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Re: DIY water change rig

Postby Labek » Sat Mar 02, 2013 5:12 pm

Sounds ideal! :-) It's only 38mm diameter, so should slide inside your containers with ease :tu:
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Re: DIY water change rig

Postby brent007 » Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:57 pm

cool idea, might have to pinch this if u dont mind :tu:
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Re: DIY water change rig

Postby Labek » Sat Mar 02, 2013 8:09 pm

Fill yer boots! :tu:
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Re: DIY water change rig

Postby Edam » Sat Mar 02, 2013 8:51 pm

I wish I had seen a post like this 6 years ago after I had broken my leg.
Try doing water changes when you are on crutches.
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