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    Default DIY Waterchange Attachment: The LazyLife Flow Controller

    Since I saw a similar attachment from Plantbrain, I have been meaning to try and replicate my own. I don't have much DIY in me so this project caused alot of swearing etc. Please excuse the aesthetics as I dribbled PVC cement all over the place. Turns out that it sets quickly....

    All components came from Bunnings.

    Here are the components although one converter bit is missing in this photo.

    I drilled holes in the PVC end caps to prevent shrimp from being drawn in.




    Here is the finished product concept without any glue




    Here is the final product glued up.

    [pics to come]


    To do a water change
    1. Hang the LazyLife Flow Controller(R) on the side of the tank
    2. Attach garden hose and siphon or water the garden
    3. Reattach to tap and fill the tank after adding in dechlorinator directly to tank. (This method may not suit all fish and other species so take care)


    Comments and improvements are welcome!

    I hope you find this useful.
    Last edited by Rebel; 20-01-15 at 06:34 AM.

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    Looks interesting, how do you start the flow of water out of the tank?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimstreet View Post
    Looks interesting, how do you start the flow of water out of the tank?
    Manual mouth siphon at the end of the hose. I have a simple pistol grip attachment that I use. The water never gets to the mouth as once you get is past the second bend on the Lazylife Flow attachment, then the siphon will continue.

    You do need somewhere that is lower than the tank for this to work.

    This will work with python as well though.

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    Rebel - I use a gravel vac that has a hose connection glued to it.

    My process is:

    1. Connect the hose to the gravel vac outside.
    2. Run a little water through to prime the hose.
    3. With the hose still connected to the tap at the other end. Place the Vac in the tank.
    4. Disconnect the hose at the tap end. There should be enough water in the hose to start the siphon.
    5. When done, connect the tap and refill.

    This saves the inevitital mouthful of tank water

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    Lol. Nice work Rebel. You have to wipe the applicator brush against the rim of the bottle to remove excess cement.

    I have seen someone using a T-piece for the top left bend and sealed the top with a screw cap with rubber O-ring. They close the tap, unscrew the cap and pour water in to fill it up and then screw the cap on again. They then turn on the tap which then siphoN's the tank water out. Pretty much looks like those surface skimmer attachments to some canister inlets.

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    i did this ages ago
    http://www.aquariumlife.com.au/showt...=water+changer

    ill get a pic of the in tank end later.....
    my 6 x 2 x 2.5

    http://www.aquariumlife.com.au/showthread.php/57768-Disco-s-new-6-x-2-x-2-5

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel View Post
    Manual mouth siphon at the end of the hose. I have a simple pistol grip attachment that I use. The water never gets to the mouth as once you get is past the second bend on the Lazylife Flow attachment, then the siphon will continue.

    You do need somewhere that is lower than the tank for this to work.

    This will work with python as well though.
    OR
    since you have a tap on the fittings
    attach hose to garden tap, turn on tap and allow water into tank,
    remove hose from tap and the syphon will start!

    i love my above water changer
    also allows me to add warm water from laundry to the tank
    my 6 x 2 x 2.5

    http://www.aquariumlife.com.au/showthread.php/57768-Disco-s-new-6-x-2-x-2-5

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    Well done! I'm all for encouraging DIY, particularly in those who don't normally have it in them.

    I've been using a spare canister filter suction pipe connected to a garden hose for years. I've cut each side to the right length to acheive 30-40% water change in my different tanks so it stops syphoning at the right point automatically. I have some coarse sponge wrapped around the basket to prevent fish and shrimp being sucked in, it also diffuses the water flow when I fill it back up.
    If it swims it's good, if it's Sahul it's better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vladguan View Post
    I have seen someone using a T-piece for the top left bend and sealed the top with a screw cap with rubber O-ring. They close the tap, unscrew the cap and pour water in to fill it up and then screw the cap on again. They then turn on the tap which then siphoN's the tank water out. Pretty much looks like those surface skimmer attachments to some canister inlets.
    Thats a great idea! Perhaps a second tap to save 'screwing around'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghoti View Post
    Thats a great idea! Perhaps a second tap to save 'screwing around'
    That will work but will look too bulky unless you use a reducing bush and then use a smaller tap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by disco frank View Post
    OR
    since you have a tap on the fittings
    attach hose to garden tap, turn on tap and allow water into tank,
    remove hose from tap and the syphon will start!

    i love my above water changer
    also allows me to add warm water from laundry to the tank
    YES! I will do this actually! Thanks.

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    Thanks for your responses.

    Quote Originally Posted by vladguan View Post
    That will work but will look too bulky unless you use a reducing bush and then use a smaller tap.
    I see what you mean. I might try the hose method suggested by Disco first.

    Quote Originally Posted by saundo View Post
    Well done! I'm all for encouraging DIY, particularly in those who don't normally have it in them.

    I've been using a spare canister filter suction pipe connected to a garden hose for years. I've cut each side to the right length to acheive 30-40% water change in my different tanks so it stops syphoning at the right point automatically. I have some coarse sponge wrapped around the basket to prevent fish and shrimp being sucked in, it also diffuses the water flow when I fill it back up.
    Makes sense. I didn't think of that but didn't have any spare filter inlets lying around though. Might be a cheaper option for someone else to explore.


    Quote Originally Posted by disco frank View Post


    i did this ages ago
    http://www.aquariumlife.com.au/showt...=water+changer

    ill get a pic of the in tank end later.....
    Ahh..! But did you have a funky name for it?

    Quote Originally Posted by vladguan View Post
    Lol. Nice work Rebel. You have to wipe the applicator brush against the rim of the bottle to remove excess cement.
    Yes, apparently. I had cement all over my shins and all over the garden at the end of it. Wait for the completed photo. It looks pretty messy. I might paint it with something. Any suggestions for paint? Perhaps I can buy one of them spray cans....


    Quote Originally Posted by Hdjwilliams View Post
    Rebel - I use a gravel vac that has a hose connection glued to it.
    My process is:

    1. Connect the hose to the gravel vac outside.
    2. Run a little water through to prime the hose.
    3. With the hose still connected to the tap at the other end. Place the Vac in the tank.
    4. Disconnect the hose at the tap end. There should be enough water in the hose to start the siphon.
    5. When done, connect the tap and refill.

    This saves the inevitital mouthful of tank water
    This is similar to Disco's idea which I will try. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel View Post

    I see what you mean. I might try the hose method suggested by Disco first.





    Ahh..! But did you have a funky name for it?

    This is similar to Disco's idea which I will try. Thanks!


    hahaha sweet :P

    no no funky name ....
    ill give you credit for it
    my 6 x 2 x 2.5

    http://www.aquariumlife.com.au/showthread.php/57768-Disco-s-new-6-x-2-x-2-5

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    Thanks Disco. Looking forward to your picture as it looks very similar. I am by no means claiming this to be my invention..

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    Rebel, you can use a razor blade to remove big clumps of the cement and then sand it back. Use a plastic primer and then a spray can to paint it. Fiddly Bits in matte black is very cheap at Bunnings. I tried the spray can directly onto the PVC but it rubs off easily.

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