Python Water Changer

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Does anyone have experience with these or similar brands? Our tank is near the floor so I want to make sure it will work with the tank being thag low as I can't use the siphon cleaners. Also has anyone made their own? How hard is it and is it alot cheaper?
 

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Since the suction is created by your sink, I don’t think the height compared to the floor should be a big factor, but I could be wrong. If the tank is below sink level maybe call Python & ask. Most expensive thing I bought for my tank & still my best investment 2.5 years later. It means I don’t dread water changes, which means my fish get clean water more often & less ends up on the floor.
 

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As long as you have good water pressure in your sink you shouldn't need to have a tank that is higher than your sink though it will speed it up considerably
 

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I myself use the Aqueon water changers. I use the 25 foot one for the tank in the living room. Also just bought the 50 foot one to use on a tank much further away that I'm setting up. They both came from PetSmart, which will price match Amazon now. Or at least mine does. So, I literally paid half price for the 50 foot one. I personally believe that with good water pressure you should be fine using them in a tank on the floor, but like someone else said, you could always contact them to be sure. You could probably even get some info off Google, or read reviews.
 
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JLeeM said:
I myself use the Aqueon water changers. I use the 25 foot one for the tank in the living room. Also just bought the 50 foot one to use on a tank much further away that I'm setting up. They both came from PetSmart, which will price match Amazon now. Or at least mine does. So, I literally paid half price for the 50 foot one. I personally believe that with good water pressure you should be fine using them in a tank on the floor, but like someone else said, you could always contact them to be sure. You could probably even get some info off Google, or read reviews.
I was looking at the aqueon because it's cheaper but it didn't have the pump so I thought maybe python would be better since the tank is lower. I may have to just get it and try it!
 

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Photobelle said:
I was looking at the aqueon because it's cheaper but it didn't have the pump so I thought maybe python would be better since the tank is lower. I may have to just get it and try it!
News to me. I didn't even know the Python one had a pump. Lol.
 

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Python calls it a pump. It is the part on the end of the hose that attaches to your faucet. If you turn the part on the bottom, it allows the running water to form a vacuum. If you turn the thing the other way, it redirects the water into the hose so you can fill your tank.

Be careful...Don't become confused between a gravel vac, which is just a plastic tube with a hose attached to it and is just a siphon, and a Python type water changer, which has the "pump" and actually draws a suction. I believe Aqueon makes a python type water changer, but they also make regular gravel vacuums also.

So if it doesn't have something that allows you to hook it to the faucet, it's just a gravel vacuum, which may will not work for you since your tank is low.
 

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Mine works well. I got a 50' hose and a 24" end tube for it (for my deeper tank) and it's certainly easier than a bucket, though I wouldn't call it hassle free... One downside is that the only sink I can hook it up to is pretty shallow, I've flooded the bathroom once with it because of this. I have to be very careful with how far I turn the faucet on to suction water out to prevent overflowing. Unfortunately my kitchen sink has a pull out faucet which it won't attach to and the bathtub doesn't have a threaded outlet, so the bathroom sink is the only choice.
 

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Hi I use a python and it don’t make any difference if the tank is on the floor or below the tank the key is the water pressure in your tap. Hope this helps
 

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You have to treat the entire tank, using enough for the entire volume, not just what you are adding. I avoided it for a long time thinking it would be bad (I learned old-school) but so far it seems perfect!
 

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how about puting the big end in the the tank an run the small end out door or low window .if u have a garden or flowers use that for free fertiler u will all the pressure u need.just keep a eye ball so u don't run it dry and give it a suck when u r ready
 
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