"Holy shit! There's water everywhere". That's what I heard my girlfriend yell into the phone. I was at work.
I knew what happened before I set foot in our apartment. The float valve had stuck open on my fish tank. She gets home first. I had some 'splaining to do.
I was right I decided to add a manual shut off valve in front of my float valve, so I can shut it off when I leave the house
Admittingly, I'm a big believer in the KISS method of problem solving (keep it simple stupid). A friend told me about a $18 system he uses called Fish Tank Fill Kit by Up2. This is the video he showed me. They are a water line company which sells a low cost alternative to the float. (I'll try and find a link and post it at the bottom) . Their kit brings the water to your tank via your refrigerator or R.O. filter, but you control the on / off flow of water. Now that's an idea Jen and I could live with.
Via my cellphone, I ordered the kit online. That weekend, I spent about ten minutes setting it up after watching their three minute instructional video. It was a piece of cake. The thing I really liked was the push-and-done fittings. They connected effortlessly. The valve connected to the tank cover with a hand tightening plastic stem nut. When I finished installing it, I fastened the water line slack to the wall base with clips from the kit.
Now topping off the tank, is part of my Thursday night routine. I don't come home from work and wonder if my diggs are flooded
Try this link to see how it's done:
Installation Video: here