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Problems with water changer

Discussion in 'Freshwater Equipment, Products, & DIY' started by captmicha, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. captmicha

    captmicha Le tired.

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    It's probably obvious how to fix this but not to me.

    I have a Lee's water changer and it sprays water everywhere at the super pump part of the water changer (the blue thing that attaches to the faucet). No matter how much I tighten it. I also used plumbing tape for a tight fit. So my "solution" has been to tie a rag around it so it drips instead of spraying. So yes, that works but this problem is annoying and I like things that I pay for to work properly.

    The other problem is that there's a leak at one of the couplers (or maybe it was one of the valves). It's not a huge leak, but again, it's annoying. I know the hose can start to slip out of the coupler but I make sure it's tight and in place yet it still happens.

    Any advice on how to fix this stuff? Thank you.
     
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    Is there a rubber washer inside where the changer attaches to the faucet?
     
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    If the washer is present, try tightening the piece which screws onto the faucet further into the rest of the unit.
     
  4. captmicha

    captmicha Le tired.

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    Yes.

    I already did but it doesn't make any difference.
     
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  6. captmicha

    captmicha Le tired.

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    It's not dry though, it even did this when it was brand new and the washer is flexible and fine.
     
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    Look for cracks in the pieces you use to tighten up. I went trough 2 of the blue things. Mine is now coiled up in a cabinet some where. I've read reviews on the Lee's that this problen is not uncommon. Wish I had read them before I purchased.
     
  8. dundadundun

    dundadundun ;sup' dog? ;woof and a wwwoof!

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    hmmm... maybe a solution with less chances for failure is in order then?

    this is what i use...

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    i've modified it to work with different height tanks and so i can cut the flow off when the tank is full without having to run to the faucet...

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    i put a coupler on my shower head to attach it to for fast refills with matched temps...

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    i match the temp, then turn the shower on and i'm set.

    the contraption;
    1) keeps the water from stirring up the substrate
    2) keeps smaller critters from going down the drain during w/c's
    3) works with a garden hose to provide a larger diameter hose and thus faster w/c's by about 50%
    4) costs less than a "w/c system" to make
    5) is very sturdy and will last nearly forever
    6) allows me to fill and drain hands free
    7) allows me to fill a tank while i'm siphoning and/or gravel vac'ing with another $5 20' vinyl hose allowing me to siphon straight through without a break until the tank is sufficiently cleaned

    if you're interested, i'd be happy to make one for you. i'd ask only for the price of materials and shipping. i'd just have to get some details from you about your tanks to put a quote together. pm me if you're interested.

    here's a thread over on TPT about this contraption if you're undecided... http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/diy/161305-diy-solution-faster-water-changes.html
     
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    I would be interested in on of these as my aqueon has quit siphoning for some reason. I have a 65 gallon tall and 29 gallon high. Pm me if you wish


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    If your Aqueon has quit siphoning check to make sure it hasn't sucked up some debris and the pump is clogged.

    You can unscrew the valve part at the bottom of the pump from the venturi at the top and get a look inside. Also remove the tubing and look in from that angle to.

    For the Lee's changer that the OP is having problems with. There is a small black rubber O ring between the venturi needle and the main housing. It may be broken or missing. If you look down from the top you will see a hexagonal shaped indent in the top of the pump. Stick your thumb or something that fits the shape in there and turn that part counter clockwise while holding the pump body still to separate them. Once you separate the venturi funnel from the pump the O ring should be on the needle part. If you replace that needle O ring it should stop your leaking.

    To stop the leak at the tubing, remove the tubing and cut the expanded flared end of the tubing off and then reattach. As the tubing stretches and ages it will develop a "memory" shape and it may leak.

    Andy
     
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    So I have already replaced the faucet thing for a new one and it's still not siphoning. The aqueon that is


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    What's the difference in height between the aquarium and the sink? Is the aquarium at a lower water level than the faucet? It's more difficult for a venturi to draw up against the force of gravity and the flow rate will be slower. To compensate you need to have a stronger flow from the faucet. Is there a flow restrictor on the faucet that limits the water flow?

    Andy
     
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    Tank is higher, no restrictor, nothing has changed since it worked when I got it


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    Something had to have changed since it worked at one time. It's a pretty simple device. Did you check to make sure there isn't something blocking the tube at the gravel tube head?
     
  15. Tkdjr1186

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    Yup, nothing blocking, I can still fill with it just not siphon


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    How fast does the water come out of your faucet? Maybe your water pressure is low?

    It's really quite a puzzle as there is no reason why it shouldn't be working. It's kind of defying the laws of physics.

    Andy
     
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    I know it's puzzling, the water pressure hasn't changed as far as I can tell. Comes out pretty fast.


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    dundadundun, I would LOVE to take you up on that but right now, I'm incredibly broke. I just had a really expensive vet bill that sucked up all of my money. I'll have to try cutting the hose and also changing the o-ring to see if that does the trick. It's not too important if it sprays at the faucet, I drape a cloth over it but it's still annoying though. I would prefer for things to function properly, of course.
     

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