Python Water Changer

Sheldon13

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I’m sure it’s been reviewed many times before...

But I LOVE my Python! I just used it for the first time today and didn’t break my back lugging water back and forth to the tub!

Really easy to use:
1) unscrew bathroom tap aerator and screw on the female end of the Python.
2) Suction is automatically created (by a bunch of science) so get to sucking!
3) Make sure other end is securely inside a tank before you push up the lever that redirects water down the tube for refills

Advice:
For draining tanks make sure you put a little screen over the sink drain. That way if a critter takes a ride down the tube they don’t end up going down the sink.
 

mossman

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I'll often have issues starting a siphon, but it is pretty good once it gets started. Not as strong as I had hoped though. Also, if I stop the siphon it takes forever to get it restarted. Not sure what the issue is. I have great water pressure and no leaks.
 
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Sheldon13

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mossman said:
I'll often have issues starting a siphon, but it is pretty good once it gets started. Not as strong as I had hoped though. Also, if I stop the siphon it takes forever to get it restarted. Not sure what the issue is. I have great water pressure and no leaks.
Just spitballing here, but I’ll bet if you got a smaller/more narrow gravel tube or shortened the length of the hose it might help.
 

mossman

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My tank is 20" deep, so I don't want to shorten the tube, and I already shortened the hose as much as possible (about 30'). I think I'll give the powerhead trick a shot.
 

kallililly1973

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I have the Aqueon brand water changer and honestly couldn't live without it. 25' hose and it reaches all of the tanks I use it in. 55,20 long, 10, and 8.8. the 2 5.5's I use a piece of airline tubing attached with a couple elastics to a skewer for those tanks when I really wanna clean the bottoms and of course the always helpful turkey baster!!
 

A201

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I have a 20 y.o. unknown brand, standard gravel vac & a 5 gal. Feed bucket. I haul at least 20 buckets of water outside each week & water trees & bushes. Of course I have to refill the tanks. Each bucket of water weighs approx. 30-35 lbs.
I explained this to my wife and we discussed the need for a Python. She was very unsympathetic to my plight and simply replied "You'll get fat. Keep hauling buckets".
Likely no Python anytime soon.
 

kallililly1973

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A201 said:
I have a 20 y.o. unknown brand, standard gravel vac & a 5 gal. Feed bucket. I haul at least 20 buckets of water outside each week & water trees & bushes. Of course I have to refill the tanks. Each bucket of water weighs approx. 30-35 lbs.
I explained this to my wife and we discussed the need for a Python. She was very unsympathetic to my plight and simply replied "You'll get fat. Keep hauling buckets".
Likely no Python anytime soon.
Sorry for laughing but I wanted to put funny cause of the reasoning but also winner for hauling all those buckets
 

CheshireKat

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A201 said:
I have a 20 y.o. unknown brand, standard gravel vac & a 5 gal. Feed bucket. I haul at least 20 buckets of water outside each week & water trees & bushes. Of course I have to refill the tanks. Each bucket of water weighs approx. 30-35 lbs.
I explained this to my wife and we discussed the need for a Python. She was very unsympathetic to my plight and simply replied "You'll get fat. Keep hauling buckets".
Likely no Python anytime soon.
Water changes are my strength and stamina training/workouts too

I can't get a water changer because my faucet is rectangular and the mesh thing doesn't come off, so it's buckets for me too unless there's something other there that can get around that.
 
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Sheldon13

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CheshireKat said:
Water changes are my strength and stamina training/workouts too

I can't get a water changer because my faucet is rectangular and the mesh thing doesn't come off, so it's buckets for me too unless there's something other there that can get around that.
How about you fill a large bin in the tub, treat the water, then pump it into your tank in the other room with a length of 0.5 inch plastic tubing and a submersible water pump?

FREESEA 100W 1100GPH Submersible Sump Pump for Pond, Aquarium, Waterfall, Hydroponics, Drain Water

Rollerflex Food Grade Crystal Clear Vinyl Tubing, 1/2-Inch ID x 5/8-Inch OD, 100-FT
 

CheshireKat

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Sheldon13 said:
How about you fill a large bin in the tub, treat the water, then pump it into your tank in the other room with a length of 0.5 inch plastic tubing and a submersible water pump?
Hmmm... That's an option. I'd have to seem how much tubing I'd need for my furthest tank (I'd imagine it's fairly cheap?) , but at the very least it will help with the 29 and future tanks on the rack across from the bathroom. Although I do have tons of plastic tubing from my Aqueon water changer and its replacement (I was missing a tiny piece and the company I'd ordered it from sent a whole new water changer instead of just the missing piece) at my parents' house. If that tubing would work, I'd ask if it could be sent to me. I've been meaning to ask if some of my old fish stuff could be shipped to me but I don't know if they still have it.
 
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Sheldon13

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CheshireKat said:
Hmmm... That's an option. I'd have to seem how much tubing I'd need for my furthest tank (I'd imagine it's fairly cheap?) , but at the very least it will help with the 29 and future tanks on the rack across from the bathroom. Although I do have tons of plastic tubing from my Aqueon water changer and its replacement (I was missing a tiny piece and the company I'd ordered it from sent a whole new water changer instead of just the missing piece) at my parents' house. If that tubing would work, I'd ask if it could be sent to me. I've been meaning to ask if some of my old fish stuff could be shipped to me but I don't know if they still have it.
For most houses I would say 50 feet would do it. 100 feet is also sold (if you have a big house).
 

Jimmie93

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Let me give you guys a huge tip those python hoses has the same adapters as garden hoses you can buy one for $20 and just add it to the python instead of spending $30-$70 on a new one to extend it.
 
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Sheldon13

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Jimmie93 said:
Let me give you guys a huge tip those python hoses has the same adapters as garden hoses you can buy one for $20 and just add it to the python instead of spending $30-$70 on a new one to extend it.
You have to be careful with hoses from the garden section though when filling because some of them have chemicals in them that shouldn’t go in your tank.
 

Jimmie93

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Sheldon13 said:
You have to be careful with hoses from the garden section though when filling because some of them have chemicals in them that shouldn’t go in your tank.
That's clearly not good I have been using them for years to fill my minI pond.
 
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Sheldon13

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Jimmie93 said:
That's clearly not good I have been using them for years to fill my minI pond.
Maybe you got lucky and yours doesn’t have any chemicals leaching?
 

kallililly1973

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Sheldon13 said:
Maybe you got lucky and yours doesn’t have any chemicals leaching?
I used my garden hose to refill my outside 29 all summer with no ill effects.. I also dosed with Prime while adding but I was doing 75-80% wc's every 5-7 days and some even sooner.
 

Quinn_Lamb98

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I bought my python off Amazon a few weeks ago. Just got here a couple days ago. Unfortunately no taps in my house work for it. So the first time I used it I just drained it into the front yard out the door.

Fortunately I was able to rig up my laundry machine cold water supply with a y valve and I can atleast drain the tank that way. No filling though
 
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Sheldon13

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Quinn_Lamb98 said:
I bought my python off Amazon a few weeks ago. Just got here a couple days ago. Unfortunately no taps in my house work for it. So the first time I used it I just drained it into the front yard out the door.

Fortunately I was able to rig up my laundry machine cold water supply with a y valve and I can atleast drain the tank that way. No filling though
Couldn’t you screw it onto a faucet outside and push the lever up so you can fill? If it doesn’t fit, I know they make adapters.
 

Quinn_Lamb98

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Sheldon13 said:
Couldn’t you screw it onto a faucet outside and push the lever up so you can fill? If it doesn’t fit, I know they make adapters.
In theory yes I could fill it that way. The issue is that it would be only cold water, with no way to temperature match.
 
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Sheldon13

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Quinn_Lamb98 said:
In theory yes I could fill it that way. The issue is that it would be only cold water, with no way to temperature match.
Well I guess it would work if you were only doing 10-20% changes. Just not big ones.
 

Quinn_Lamb98

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Sheldon13 said:
Well I guess it would work if you were only doing 10-20% changes. Just not big ones.
I was able to figure out a way to get it to work. No more hauling buckets for this guy
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Sheldon13

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Quinn_Lamb98 said:
I was able to figure out a way to get it to work. No more hauling buckets for this guy
IMG_20190913_182754.jpg
Wow! What didja do there?
 

Quinn_Lamb98

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That's the hot and cold water supply for my laundry machines lol. To drain the tank I close off one valve on the y and use the other for the venturI effect and put the drain into the regular washer drain.

To fill just open both hot and cold valves (aI'm the hose into a bucket or the sink to adjust temp), close the valve on the python to actually get to the fish tank then open it up and sit back.

I have it sitting over the bucket in the picture in case of leaks (which did happen)
 
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Sheldon13

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Quinn_Lamb98 said:
That's the hot and cold water supply for my laundry machines lol. To drain the tank I close off one valve on the y and use the other for the venturI effect and put the drain into the regular washer drain.

To fill just open both hot and cold valves (aI'm the hose into a bucket or the sink to adjust temp), close the valve on the python to actually get to the fish tank then open it up and sit back.

I have it sitting over the bucket in the picture in case of leaks (which did happen)
Spot on! Excellent!
 

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