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Old 02-15-2012, 03:00 PM   #1
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I really hate hauling the 5 gallon bucket across the room several times once per week. It takes about an hour for a simple PWC. I'd love a python, but I would need to get a 50 footer and those are rather costly. Has anyone ever made a DIY python? I'm interested in cost, effort, lessons-learned, and effectiveness. ~Thanks
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Old 02-16-2012, 01:41 PM   #2
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I really hate hauling the 5 gallon bucket across the room several times once per week. It takes about an hour for a simple PWC. I'd love a python, but I would need to get a 50 footer and those are rather costly. Has anyone ever made a DIY python? I'm interested in cost, effort, lessons-learned, and effectiveness. ~Thanks
Anyone? Otherwise I guess I'll cowboy one myself.
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Old 02-16-2012, 01:54 PM   #3
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I bought everything I need to make one awhile back, just never got to it
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Do a google search for DIY python. There is literally TONS of examples.

Here's the first one that came up:

DIY - Python Gravel Cleaner
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Old 02-16-2012, 02:19 PM   #5
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I made one using a waterbed filler valve. The valve was cheap and broke often. Although not cheap I found the python and similar aqueon hold up better to what I put them through. I have yet to have to replace any parts on these so I justify the cost. One option is to get a short one and then get extra hose from a hardware store. Just make sure the hose is the same diameter inside AND out.
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Old 02-17-2012, 04:14 PM   #6
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I really hate hauling the 5 gallon bucket across the room several times once per week. It takes about an hour for a simple PWC. I'd love a python, but I would need to get a 50 footer and those are rather costly. Has anyone ever made a DIY python? I'm interested in cost, effort, lessons-learned, and effectiveness. ~Thanks

Personally for the time and headache of trying to make one I would just buy a used one any length from Kijiji or Craigslist then hit Home Depot for the longer hose. The hose is much cheaper at HD than at your LFS and does the same job. I use the HD stuff on all my filters and water changing.
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I made one and it works great, its not very hard either, you can get the faucet adapter online for 4 bucks, i got clear vinyl hose at lowes for 1/2" inside diameter i think it was 31 cents a foot, thew hose adapter for it was 2 bucks, just make sure to use the same size hose that your current gravel vac has and just use that with your new setup.
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Old 02-18-2012, 12:40 PM   #8
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Having the benefit of owning my home I plumbed a length of hose behind my 55 and have it go through the floor then out through the basement wall. I just insert the end into my tank and go out side to start the siphon.

Couple minutes later I remove that hose and use the hot and cold lines I plumbed in behind the tank to top it off directly (after adding some prime).

lazy, I know, but my wife likes the fact that I am not lugging sloshing buckets of water through the house.
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:26 PM   #9
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Seems expensive either way but, at least, if you diy you can potentially end up with a solid hose with quality fittings instead of the cheap crap at the lfs

Good idea. I'm going to have to make one. Everytime I think I'll buy one, I pick it up and am immediately cooled by the cheap feel of it.

Please post any progress if you start one.
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Here's something I found, once I learned the term "water changed flow valve" haha

Anyway, my wheels are turning now.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...r-changer.html
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