Can't Use Python In New Apartment! :( Help

Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by ChelseaW, Mar 22, 2019.

  1. ChelseaWNew MemberMember

    Hello everyone,

    I'm moving into a new apartment and my sink does not allow me to use my Python. I'll include pictures below. I currently have a 60 gallon fish tank but I'm going to downgrade to a 40 gallon. I've been using my Python for years to do water changes. I don't know what options I have for doing water changes in my new apartment because of the faucet I have. Is there anything that I can attach to my sink to make my Python work? Can I at least use my Python to drain the water? Am I stuck using buckets? 40 gallons is a lot but I will need to do frequent changes for my goldfish. I have to be out of my old apartment within 10 days and will be needing to bring my fish over. I'm just worried about how I'm going to do these water changes. Any advice will be appreciated, thanks!

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  2. BrizburkWell Known MemberMember

    Id change out the faucet .... But that's me.

    If you do that, keep the original so you can reinstall when you move out.

  3. toekneeWell Known MemberMember

    It looks like that's an aerator that can be detached. That's what my sink looked like before I removed it. That last piece should twist off if it's anything like mine.

  4. ChelseaWNew MemberMember

    This is actually a great idea, thank you. I will look into it.

    It didn't look like I could remove it, and I tried to twist it, but I don't know if I tried hard enough now that I think about it. I'm going to have to check it out the next time I'm over my new place to see if it comes off.

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  5. toekneeWell Known MemberMember

    Take an adjustable wrench with you to twist it off like in the video below. Should come right off.
  6. ChelseaWNew MemberMember

    I might need one because I couldn't twist it. Thank you, hopefully this works, wish me luck
  7. grump299Well Known MemberMember

    My tap is the same the air raider coms of them you can screw on the adapter for the python.
  8. jjohnwmWell Known MemberMember

    Yes, that aerator will screw right off, although it might take a good grip to break it free. Once it's off, your Python adaptor might screw on in its place. If it doesn't, take the aerator and the Python pieces to a plumbing store or Home Depot, and you should be able to find something that will screw into the faucet and then attach to the Python. Might take a bit of experimentation but once you find the right combo it will work like a charm.

    Now...what's this silly talk about going to a smaller aquarium?
  9. NavyChief20Well Known MemberMember

    Do you have a true value nearby? This is easy day. Go to true value and get a faucet to hose thread adapter. Then a nylon garden hose to barbed tube adapter and a hose clamp. This will allow you to keep on rockin.
  10. CichlidudeWell Known MemberMember

  11. jjohnwmWell Known MemberMember

    You might need tools, but they will tend to bugger up the finish of the aerator.

    Get a cup of very cold water. Run the faucet on hot for a couple of minutes to heat it up so that it expands...then dip just the aerator (the piece you are trying to unscrew) into the cold water. This will cause just that part to contract, which might break it loose and make it easier to turn.

    It's probably all gunked up with hard water deposits, making the threads dirty and uncooperative.
  12. angelfishguppieValued MemberMember

    An old flat rubber type jar lid opener can be used to prevent scratches and help grip the aerator. Slip lock pliers should take it off. Even the softest water will leave a build up that will make it hard to twist off (the first time). Brush off the threads before you replace it.
  13. AndalvyNew MemberMember

    I attached my python to my shower. If you have a handheld showerhead or can get one, an adapter is available to attach the python.