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Old 07-10-2012, 12:23 PM   #1 
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Drip systems

I'm no engineer, does anyone have any easy DIY drip systems for fry water changes?
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:46 PM   #2 
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I just use a small air line as a siphon from a larger container on top of the tank.
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:53 PM   #3 
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I siphoned out about a gallon and then had a empty gallon milk jug to add water back to the tank. I took airline hose and tied a knot in it to get the flow I wanted. I then set the jug above the tank, put one end of the line in the jug and the other in the tank and then just let gravity do the rest.
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:24 PM   #4 
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I use a bamboo stick (bamboo chop stick carved to the right size) to plug the end of the tube until I have the flow I want.
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:39 PM   #5 
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Oh Wow Thank you guys! Also, when you do water changes with the fry, Do you use airline tubing as well. I read a good way was to use the airline tubing with sponge at the end so that it doesn't suck up the fry, have any of you tried that?
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I use airline tubing with a little piece of panty hose at the end.
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:49 PM   #7 
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I siphon at night - usually most fry are at the surface. And I keep the water level and the waste bowl fairly close so the suction isn't too strong.

I tie the tube to a long bamboo stick. This enables me to "drive" the siphon where I want it. And I use my finger as "control" mechanism at the outlet end.

I don't do water changes in the first week unless my fry are in a 1g tank. I often do water changes after the 2nd week, but it depends on how many fry I have - less fry = less water changes. When I do, I only siphon water out and leave what ever leftover and waste (in bigger tanks). I begin siphoning wastes when they're about 5mm - by then they can avoid suction.

I don't use sponge or air stone.
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:54 PM   #8 
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ohh Okay. Thanks! I think I'll also use turkey baster as well. I have heard how bad it can be with over feeding.
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