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Post by Grimreefer on Tue 12 Jul 2011, 9:14 pm

Has anyone ever heard that you should not use garden hoses to do water changes? I have heard that they leech out harmful chemicals. Any thoughts/

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Post by ritter678 on Tue 12 Jul 2011, 9:15 pm

I know there's some metal in the hose but it's covered so I guess if it's exposed it could be harmful.
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Post by Bryan on Tue 12 Jul 2011, 9:53 pm

I have heard something of the sort , but I think the problem comes from using the same hose that you use for everything lawn realted. If you were to have a dedicated hose and made the effort to replace the metal ends with the plastic ones , i dont see an issue. I do use a dedicated hose, but it is for draining purposes only, I have PVC plumbed to send water back to the tank.
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Re: Garden hoses

Post by onegoodie on Tue 12 Jul 2011, 10:04 pm

You ever notice the odd flavor when you drink from a garden hose??? Same thing!!! It is the synthetic rubber leaching. I still use it for filling a new tank...and for drinking out of on occasion!

I always use the wife's 1 gallon pitchers for water changes. Leave one filling, then carry the other. Then again, I only do changes on my 55G at about 10-15 gallons at a time and only every 2-3 months!
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Post by Grimreefer on Tue 12 Jul 2011, 10:17 pm

I have removed the ends and use the hose just to drain right now. I was worried about the rubber leeching as I was putting the water back in. I think I will get some new hose for the return. Just in case.

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Re: Garden hoses

Post by Yeti on Wed 13 Jul 2011, 9:06 am

I use buckets still. Syphon out whilst either digging in the gravel, or fanning the sand, depending on the substrate. Then the water currently is going onto the Melons & Cantalopes .
We use 3-4 dedicated "Fish buckets". Me syphoning whilst my G/f is filling and de-chlorinating. 25g of water, over 5 tanks, along with filter media being washed/replaced is changed in under an hour I guess.
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Post by Grimreefer on Wed 13 Jul 2011, 9:14 pm

I am setting up a 55 gallon polymer drum with premixed water to do water changes with a ball valve on it to do water changes. I will probably just play it safe and get some new tubing. Think that would be the smarter way to go.

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