Replenishing Water in an Aquarium
By Chris Lindsey, Tucson Arizona USA
Early in 2003, we suggested to our "New
Victoria Addict" and to readers that something really
valuable to have would be a method of clean existing water as
well as adding fresh water to an indoor aquarium setup for growing
Victoria seedlings. We received this simple and effective idea
from Chris Lindsey.
Here is a system I use in my salt water tank that, with a
few modifications, I believe will fill the bill for an indoor
water replenishing system.
By filling bucket #1 with fresh water on a daily basis the old
water in the tank will be displaced into bucket #2 where it can
be either reused or discarded. The flow of water through the
hose can be changed either by a small inline spigot or valve
on the #1 hose or by using very small hoses. Personally I like
to be able to control the flow so I prefer the spigot. Also of
importance is that the bottom of the #1 bucket must be higher
than the water level of the aquarium and likewise the top of
the #2 bucket must be lower than the bottom of the aquarium.
All the hardware can be purchased at Home Depot, but if you're
keeping invertebrates in the tank then stay away from bronze
or copper fittings. They are toxic. Use plastic. All seals can
be made water tight using either plumbers' tape or by coating
the threads with silicone sealant. To attach the hoses to the
buckets, use hose barbs with threaded ends.