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First of all we are in the cassette type 'Bucket and chuck it' group and last encountered pump-out holding tanks in the mid 80's.

When Grebe was built we were advised by the builder to use Brewer's Yeast tablets in the dirty tank rather than Elsan chemicals.  The tablets do break down the solids.  The advice came with the comment "it will stink like a donkey for two weeks and then settle down..."  we did, it did.

Whether this would work if your tank has had blue in I do not know, but I suspect it might kill the yeast.

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I am sure Jabsco the marine toilet makers do something to put in the tank to break it down.

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Well Griff, the 150 gallons idea is certainly tempting although I reckon that's close to 700kgs and I dont have the luxury of being able to balance the old girl with twin tanks (the missus suggested that I could balance most of the weight myself as the helm is on the opposite side but my berth is on the same side and I'd end up rolling out during the night)!

I reckon I can get a decent 60 gallon in there (about 270 ltr) and the same the other side for grey waste. That'd double the current capacities....

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Stu,
    This "Stirring up" Please take a video of this, Im sure it will win a prize somewhere !

George Sims

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I'll see what I can do. Maybe I can become the forum's official sh*t stirrer.  Smile

Oh look - More rotten wood!

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One of the largest narrowboat hirers, Alvechurch, puts approx 1 litre of Elsan Blue in the blackwater tank after each pumpout to prevent the waste solidifying/break up any existing solids. I now do the same.

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As far as the loo tank guage goes, Don't use a dip stick, is my best advice.

Honesty and Integrity ... When you can fake those, you've cracked it.

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If you fit one of those bellows type gauges be very careful that you don’t snag the edge of the bellows during installation. If it punctures during installation it will still work for a period of time but will gradually fill up with the contents of the tank and fail. Changing one in this condition is not a fun job !!!!!.

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Bob

Blimey that was close !

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Now thats a useful tip!

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