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Old 11-15-2014, 03:29 PM   #21
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I will admit, it helps immensely having extra buckets

I have a python that attaches to the faucet with a large tube. They also sell ones with a narrow tube like you have that do not attach to the faucet, just go by manual suction. Do you think the narrow tube could be jammed onto or fitted to the larger one? I have narrow spots in the tank like you do.
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I have a python that attaches to the faucet with a large tube. They also sell ones with a narrow tube like you have that do not attach to the faucet, just go by manual suction. Do you think the narrow tube could be jammed onto or fitted to the larger one? I have narrow spots in the tank like you do.
Its unlikely you could get a good seal trying to fit 2 different sizes together.
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Old 11-20-2014, 09:21 PM   #23
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Hey you guys. I decided to update my python. I had the older model with just the 3 ft tubing, no special connections. I'm excited about conquering my next water change with ease.

Here's what I came up with. They didn't have just 1 connection, so I had to piece it together. The 20ft tubing was $7 and all the adapters together were $3.50. I went to Lowes.

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Have you tried it out yet?? Wondering how well it would work. ie- no back flow into sink

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I have not tried it yet. I will let you knew.


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Old 11-20-2014, 11:37 PM   #26
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I did just spot this on eBay.
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Old 11-21-2014, 12:21 AM   #27
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Hey you guys. I decided to update my python. I had the older model with just the 3 ft tubing, no special connections. I'm excited about conquering my next water change with ease.

Here's what I came up with. They didn't have just 1 connection, so I had to piece it together. The 20ft tubing was $7 and all the adapters together were $3.50. I went to Lowes.

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It should work just fine for filling the tank. Did you add any tape to seal the connections?
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Old 11-21-2014, 08:55 AM   #28
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I didn't add any tape. I was thinking since it's low pressure, filling should be no problem.

I plan on emptying out the door, not back into the sink. I have not been able to get a suction that strong. (From tank to tank or tank to sink). I've only been able to empty downhill.
How do you get a suction strong enough to empty into the sink. My sink is uphill from my tank by a little bit.

The eBay piece is faucet to 3/8 barb. I thought it was. The 1/2 is faucet. Right? Loo




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55 G water change, how?

Hi Kristabutler

I think your ok by not adding Teflon tape, as the pressure won't be there and the fitting will be over the sink. However I think you will appreciate having a y valve at the sink or tap end, also a ball valve at the vacuuming end. I agree that siphoning up to the sink doesn't create as much suction. I put my tank water out into the garden also, this gives the best suction for the vacuum.

By having a ball valve at the vacuum end not only lets you control the vacuum power, but you can turn it off without loosing suction and turn it back on to resume the draining. This is great if you inadvertently happen to suck up something you may not have wanted to.

The Y valve at the tap end helps mainly in the filling of the tank. Once the hose is connected to the faucet the water temp must be measured at the outlet end. Not only does it take time at the other end of the hose your the temp to adjusted, how do you move it to the tank without turning the faucet off.

With the Y valve you can set the valve to drain the faucet water into the sink adjust to the desired temp, just flip the Y valve to divert the water down the vacuum line, with the vacuum end of the hose already secured in the tank.

That's how I have mine set up and works great. No fuss no muss.

Oh one other thing on vacuuming. Unless the gravel is real dirty, it is not a good idea to vacuum all of it at one time. When I first started I did this and found it caused some algae problems. There is beneficial bacteria in the gravel and you disturb it by vacuuming. For years now i only vacuum small areas if even that and haven't had a problem. Just my experience thought I should mention it.

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Awesome. Dang your right about the y valve. I haven't done it yet and had no idea is need that. That's great advice.


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