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Old 07-17-2006, 03:35 PM   #1
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Bit by the Python

Ok I'm finally going to ditch the 5 gallon bucket routine after more than a year. I've heard everyone brag about how this has changed their life so much. I ordered the 50ft Python from BigAls this morning so it should be here for my next water change. I can't wait to give it a try. I'm a little concerend about the abilty of the python to pull water out of the tank but as long as it works good for putting water back in I'm ok with that.
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Old 07-17-2006, 03:56 PM   #2
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I was actually disappointed with its ability to pull water out ... but I have a well, and water pressure definitely isn't what it is with "city water" ... so while mine can pull the water out, the suction for vacuuming the substrate sucks for me (so I siphon it with a bucket) ... BUT it is still worth it to me, just to simplify the refill process (less mess with lifting heavy buckets trying to pour carefully)
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Mine pulls water out just fine. I can't say enough about it. I have a 55g, and I can do 40-50% water changes in 15-20 minutes for the entire process.
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15-20 minutes for a 55?

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Old 07-17-2006, 04:39 PM   #5
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Yup. Best aquarium-related investment EVER!
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Old 07-17-2006, 04:55 PM   #6
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don't know about your local prices ... but you can easily build your own by purchasing the fawcet attachment and buying your own length hose from Home Depot or something. I've seen the fawcet pieces at www.thatfishplace.com and I'm sure others sell them too:

http://www.thatpetplace.com/Products.../Itemdy00.aspx

you might need a coupleof the other plastic attachements to connect the hose, but basically, this is it ... then just plug in your gravel vac if you want.
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Using the Python, it takes me 90 minutes to do my water change. But that's on a 75G, a 55G, a 29G, and a 26G, lol. For just my 75G alone, takes 25 minutes max. And my PWC's are 50%+
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Personally, I don't think that the Python is the best thing since sliced bread. But I wouldn't be starting my 125 if I didn't have one (or something similar). There's no way I would do the bucket brigade with that much water.
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When we would use the outdoor spigot for suction we could do a water change on a 150, 55, 29, 10, and 5 gal in about an hour. Couldn't do that with the buckets.
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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
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