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MvM
06-13-2010, 8:57 PM
What type of hosing is everyone using to get water from their mixing buckets to the tank. I mix water in the garage and it's a good 25'. Loooking at HD it looks like it's going to cost me $40 to get 30' of clear hosing. Does anyone have an alternative?

Kirru
06-13-2010, 9:00 PM
I carry mine, dump it in the sump and turn on return pump lol do for two tanks at about 6g a piece for each tank.. though, i would love to make it 1000xs easier to change so i am gonna pop in this and see what everyone says :D

MvM
06-13-2010, 9:04 PM
Yeah, I'm getting tired of carrying buckets!

Ralph ATL
06-13-2010, 9:08 PM
I have wheels on my brute, and I role it to the front door. not 5 feet away.

MvM
06-13-2010, 9:10 PM
I have wheels on my brute, but there's a step in the way.
What about one of these:
http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?itemid=24693&catid=736

Barbara
06-13-2010, 9:37 PM
When I had my 90, I used a 50' garden hose. I mixed SW in a 35G brute can and I installed a bulkhead in the bottom of the can, with an outlet that ran to a union joint, connected to an Iwaki(sp?) pump, and the outlet of the pump to the 50' hose. Install a ball valve between the pump's union and the can (which I didn't do!), and you can turn the water off and remove the hose and/or pump when not using. When ready to use, hook up the pump and hose, turn the ball valve and fill 'er up! When draining the water, I use the same hose to siphon the water out. Roll up and store when not doing water changes. (Just don't hook that one up for outside gardening and drink out of it by mistake! That's why I got a yellow one from Wally that was only for tank water.)

porpoiseaquatics
06-13-2010, 9:44 PM
I wouldn't (and don't) use a regular water hose. Be sure to get one that is for potable water. I found them at Big Lot's for $8.

Raz0945
06-13-2010, 9:48 PM
My water is on one end of the house, some of my tanks are on the other end - 75-80 ft. What size tubing, would 3/4, 5/8 or 1" be better and would a mag 7 push the water that far? I'm tired of carring water but I love my tanks:shout:

MvM
06-13-2010, 9:53 PM
I think I'm going to get the 5/8" diameter. It will fit on a mag 5/7 and will push water that far easily. Wanna order together to cut down on shipping? I need 50'. It's only sold in 50' increments.

Raz0945
06-13-2010, 10:02 PM
It sounds good but let me check with Hal. I will get back with you very soon. Holley

Ralph ATL
06-13-2010, 10:04 PM
That should work fine.

Smoothie
06-13-2010, 10:24 PM
That should work fine.
+1. Being smaller it will work well for cleaning maintanance too

Tony_Caliente
06-14-2010, 6:25 AM
I built a "syphon" out of pvc and put a strainer on the tank side - so no fish get sucked up. I then attach a long hose and have it drain 30 feet from the tank in the living room to the bathtub. I have to run to work, but i will take pics and post later. To fill the tank, I use a sub pump and the same set up. I don't carry buckets any more.

EnderG60
06-14-2010, 8:19 AM
get a regular garden hose and cut the ends of and use hose barbs

porpoiseaquatics
06-14-2010, 9:45 AM
I repeat this only because I see everybody talking about regular water hose use.....DO NOT USE A REGULAR WATER HOSE.....that is provided you don't want to kill fish. Regular water hoses are not for potable water use. You can't drink from one so why do you think it would be good for your fish? The leech lead among other chemicals. USE ONLY A HOSE MARKED AS POTABLE WATER USE.

Smallblock
06-14-2010, 10:04 AM
I'm gonna use a regular water hose lol

EnderG60
06-14-2010, 10:08 AM
I repeat this only because I see everybody talking about regular water hose use.....DO NOT USE A REGULAR WATER HOSE.....that is provided you don't want to kill fish. Regular water hoses are not for potable water use. You can't drink from one so why do you think it would be good for your fish? The leech lead among other chemicals. USE ONLY A HOSE MARKED AS POTABLE WATER USE.

uhh, ive used garden hoses in stores and at home for years with no problems(usually the red rubber type ones)

jead85
06-14-2010, 10:30 AM
Can't hurt to buy right the first time tho

Raz0945
06-14-2010, 10:55 AM
I'm in for a 100', which 5/8" hose? The .49 or .66c? I'm reading that it only comes in 50' lengths. I e-mailed them just to be sure. I still want it even if i half to connect them. Thanks, Holley Anyone else want to get in on this?

Acroholic
06-14-2010, 11:16 AM
I've been using the Python No spill Clean and Fill hoses for years. They work very well and come with vac attachments, and about everything you need. All you'd need to do is put a garden hose adapter on your Mag output and you could fill with it. Or remove the siphon tube from the end of the python and the tubing fits perfectly on a 1/2" hose barb attached to your Mag.

Makes a good siphon hose for cleaning out your sump

The 25' version is about $30.

Assault
06-14-2010, 12:00 PM
I've been using the Python No spill Clean and Fill hoses for years. They work very well and come with vac attachments, and about everything you need. All you'd need to do is put a garden hose adapter on your Mag output and you could fill with it. Or remove the siphon tube from the end of the python and the tubing fits perfectly on a 1/2" hose barb attached to your Mag.

Makes a good siphon hose for cleaning out your sump

The 25' version is about $30.

I've used the same thing for 6 yrs

Raz0945
06-14-2010, 12:00 PM
USPlastics e-mailed me back that the tubing can only be bought in 50' length. You can connect with a barbed fitting to make the 100'. They e-mailed me back very fast-good customer service.

Tony_Caliente
06-14-2010, 12:16 PM
+1

Tony_Caliente
06-14-2010, 7:40 PM
Zoom in to read my annotaions.
+1

mikesommers
06-14-2010, 8:48 PM
I wouldn't (and don't) use a regular water hose. Be sure to get one that is for potable water. I found them at Big Lot's for $8.

I bought the clear hose for years. Replaced it when ever it got discolored and so on. For the past year I have been using a garden hose. 50 foot to reach my tank and everyone look just fine. What would be the issue with a garden hose? Would like to know if I need to watch for something. Spending 50 dollars on a hose to have water spend 3 minutes in it is insane IMO!

Tony_Caliente
06-14-2010, 8:53 PM
http://containergardening.about.com/od/greencontainergardening/a/Gardenhose.htm

mikesommers
06-14-2010, 8:55 PM
I repeat this only because I see everybody talking about regular water hose use.....DO NOT USE A REGULAR WATER HOSE.....that is provided you don't want to kill fish. Regular water hoses are not for potable water use. You can't drink from one so why do you think it would be good for your fish? The leech lead among other chemicals. USE ONLY A HOSE MARKED AS POTABLE WATER USE.

Speaking of drinking from them. I have been doing that all my life. I also have 3 & 4 year old fish. You are probably right though maybe I am just lucky.

Assault
06-14-2010, 8:58 PM
I've been drinking from water hoses all my life, I'm 43 my grandma taught me how she died at 98:D

mikesommers
06-14-2010, 9:09 PM
:lol2:I've been drinking from water hoses all my life, I'm 43 my grandma taught me how she died at 98:D