I use a regular siphon and 20' long tube to drain tanks and a Python hook and garden hose to refill-I use these on small and large tanks alike. I have a valve on the python hook to adjust flow and just switch out siphons between tanks (to prevent cross contamination between tanks) on the 20 foot tubing. I use a fish food container between the python hook and the tank lip to suspend the python tip above the surface of the water when filling to prevent cross contamination that way. I have done it this way for decades. Works great for me!Mike said:
It's just a squeeze bulb primer thingy for starting the syphon - here is a tera pump:lilirose said:I voted for Tera Pump because that selection also said "manual type syphon", but I actually had never heard of a Tera Pump and a Google search suggests that it might be battery operated? I use a syphon that has a hand pump in my big tank, it's a cheap Chinese one but it works well, and I use a Dennerle Nano Pump in my smaller tanks, which also has a hand pump as well as a gravel vacuum and a filter to prevent shrimp from being sucked up in it.
Ah, okay, that's pretty much exactly what I use in my big tank. I looked it up on US Amazon (as Amazon UK had no result) and some of the possibilities were battery operated.Mike said:It's just a squeeze bulb primer thingy for starting the syphon - here is a tera pump:
My understanding is that you add Prime or another conditioner to the tank and then use the Python and this takes care of conditioning. I use RO water because of truly awful tap water where I live, so a Python will never be an option for me. I use a bucket with a pump to refill my tanks.BaneAquatics said:My question is, does the siphon condition the water at all as you fill your tanks? how do you remove any contaminants? :O I want a python but I fear for the more sensitive fish
Yes I'm pretty sure I do what you're describing. I've learned that it causes way less stress for me because I fear my fish going under the stream of the bucket and getting pummeled to the rocks.tuffcookie said:I’m wondering, does anyone use a water changer for filling up the water in the tank from a bucket instead of a faucet, instead of dumping the water directly from the bucket?
I personally think the poll didn't take into account that some people use an unbranded syphon rather than one of the ones named in the poll. I was certainly confused at first because the only branded syphon I have wasn't named, and the sort of unbranded gravel vacuum that I have used as long as I've kept aquariums also was not named- I actually don't even know what to call it. The end that goes in the tank looks like a Python but the other end doesn't attach to a sink, it just works on gravity and drains into a bucket.StarGirl15 said:My question is what are the people doing that "don't use one" Not change water?
is it gravity based or will it empty into a sink above canister height?lisa99 said: