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Old 07-17-2006, 10:48 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by tropicfishman
these seem really handy, but it looks to me like they waste alot of water, plus I'm gettin some nice pythons of my own carrying those 5 gallon buckets LOL
They don't have to waste water. You can use the faucet adapter to start the siphon, then stop the water, crimp the python, throw the end of the hose out a window/door, and then use it just like a normal siphon. When you are ready to refill, just move the hose back to the adapter and you are ready to roll. That's how I use it - I just can't justify flushing so much perfectly good water down the drain.

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I didn't know you didn't have to use the faucet lol I thought it had to be on all the time

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Old 07-18-2006, 12:17 AM   #13
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The python actually does not waste much water at all.
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Old 07-18-2006, 01:57 AM   #14
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It is all about water pressure/GPM when your using the Python as a vacuum, the higher the better, i.e. higher pressure equals stronger suction.
My water pressure isn't that great, but my tanks are on the second floor so I just let the Python operate on gravity assist, 25' of tubing running down a flight of patio stairs provides more suction than a ol'Hoover vacuum. Waters a section of garden at the same time.

The ease of refilling is not questionable, all you have to do is not overfill...
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Old 07-19-2006, 07:42 PM   #15
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I don't think my python is the greatest for cleaning gravel (refilling is great though, no complaints there). The suction isn't as strong as just a regular siphon. However, mine has 100' of hose sitting on the floor and then has to go up almost to the same level as the tank to drain into the sink, so I guess its understandable. Currently I use the python to drain out most of the water while I use a siphon/bucket to clean the gravel really well, until I have about 50% out. I'd never thought about just throwing the hose out the door, that's a pretty good idea. Maybe it would help. I always did feel bad about wasting the water.
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Got my Python today from BigAls. I've done my first water changes in both my tanks with it. This thing is AWESOME!! I was worried that I would not have enough pressure for the 50ft Python but it works great. It also cleans the gravel just as good as the old bucket method. I should have listened to everyone on here a long time ago about getting one. I can not say enough about it. I want a bigger tank now Wonderful Product!!!

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