I recently started a 180 gallon tank. I was wondering if anyone has recommendations for how to best handle water changes. I'm about 8 feet away from the window and water spigot. 12 feet from the faucet. Are the python siphons the way to go?
I can't believe I waited so long to get my python. It is so much easier than buckets.
The above posts gave great advice. A pump will speed up draining. You could also just drain with the python and use a regular syphon and dump buckets out at the same time to speed it up. I guess you could also use python and have regular syphon draining out the window.
I guess pump could negate need for python. You could pump water in and out with it.
Filling takes forever. It took me over a half hour to refill from a 75% water change in my 125g using the python connected to my kitchen faucet.
I could speed it up doing buckets at same time but I'm fine with just letting it run while I watch something on my phone or TV.
Where you hook the Python can help, so you aren't fighting gravity. My tanks are on the second floor so I drain using the kitchen sink on the first floor, and then refill using the bathroom on the second. Takes a minute to swap faucets but speeds the process up from over an hour to about 15 minutes.