I recently finished an article detailing the water change pump system I put together. It goes through the in’s and out’s of how I built it, but I wanted a compliment write-up to detail how I perform water changes for our
Water changes for our Spec V Aquarium have been performed using a home-brew ‘Python’ type water changer. This was perfect for our old house, where the sink was very close (a few feet actually) from the tank. When we moved to our new house last year, the distance was more like 20 feet. This led to a few issues with the Python and made me start to consider
My first step in automating our Spec V aquarium was to add a Leviton timer to control the light on/off cycles. It worked well, but I started to wish for something easier to adjust / program. Also, I wanted a way to easily turn off and on the pump and foresaw a future need to control a CO2 solenoid. An aquarium automation system (like the Neptune Apex Jr.) would have worked, but a solution more in line with our budget and needs turned out to be Smart Plugs.
It’s a little overdue, but here is the Spec V aquarium journal for 2017. It’s a little monotonous for reading, but for those interested, it sheds some light on maintenance schedule . It will give you an idea of maintenance, changes that I’ve made, etc.