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Does anyone have any good idea's of how to easily capture dirty fish water from a fish tank? I have a small 30 gallon tank. I really have little interest in it. When I clean it, i save the dirty water, let it set for a few days and then give it to my garden plants. I would be much more interested in my fish if I could have a decent method of using there waste, err creations!

Yes i know my current plan works well, but its not preferred and I would love something better..


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You could look into creating a small aquaponics system and use the fish water to grow some herbs in a small container. Here's a medium-sized system with goldfish: http://milkwood.net/2012/11/24/cafeponics-bathtub-aquaponics-system-for-a-darwin-cafe/
 
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Something like this?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoHi-FyASMY
 
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This would not fit my current setup very well as I have limited natural lighting where my fish tank resides. However you have gotten my gear to turn. The thing is I'm not really into my fish at the moment, nor have I been since after the first week. I have had fish all of my child hood years, it's just not the same now. Anyway, I am now wondering what it would take to get this to pipe outside or even move my fish to an outside tank for the summer and back inside during winter.

Still looking for fresh ideas.. Thanks to those who have replied.
 
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A tool called an aquarium gravel cleaner is a wide tube connected to a thinner tube. This cleans the stuff out of the gravel and the gravel sinks back down. Drain this into an empty milk gallon to water plants. This only works if you have freshwater as opposed to salt or brackish water fish.
 
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That seems very simple but may just be what im after. A way to harvest there product effortlessly. I found this link to fit my desires most. No draibing of water, it sounds like i can just "rinse" or capture the waste immediately afterwards. This makes me want more fish. Ha... Im going to keep thinking but this may do it.

http://www.amazon.com/Automatic-Gravel-Cleaner-Sludge-Extractor/dp/B003C5U2SU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1354065449&sr=8-2&keywords=gravel+vacuum+aquarium
 
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Willy Walker wrote:
The thing is I'm not really into my fish at the moment, nor have I been since after the first week. I have had fish all of my child hood years, it's just not the same now.



I'd suggest you 'cut bait'. Sell or dismantle the tank and focus on the things that inspire you. Life is too short for projects you have little passion for.
 
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greg patrick wrote:
I'd suggest you 'cut bait'. Sell or dismantle the tank and focus on the things that inspire you. Life is too short for projects you have little passion for.



Good one, You read my mind, between my lines. I didn't even catch it. I'm not one to hold on but somehow I didn't see that as an answer. I'm going to see who and if I can give this setup away too. I have 3 fish that I am not willing to just flush because I'm done.


Perfect timing right. Ho Ho Ho, who wants a fish tank...
 
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I've had many tanks in my life and have really enjoyed having fish but when things aren't working out, it's best to find them a better home. Schools, libraries, museums and other such places would appreciate a "donation" like a fish tank. Especially if you had some time to teach them how to maintain it and maybe a little bit about the particular fish you have. Heck, might even get a free library card out of it. Just a thought.
 
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