Originally Posted by mistersprinkles
Given that there isn't really all that much nitrate in used tank water, why don't you just make your life easier and get a python? It really is the easiest way to change water. I wouldn't dream of having a medium to large aquarium without one.
The used tank water is good for plants, but not as good as a proper concentrated nitrate rich plant food, that would have other things like phosphorus and potassium in it too.
I'm currently using chicken manure which is rich in most everything except nitrogen. The idea is to improve balance. But, I digress.
Even if I bought a Python, I'd still rather put the tube end outside than run all of that water into the septic. But, let's say I used it as intended. I'd need the 50' model (which is $65) if I ran it to the nearest sink. And, I have a 25" deep tank so the stumpy little gravel cleaner included has me wet to the elbows and reaching from a stepladder or buying a 24" cleaner attachment for another $20. Honestly, it seems insanely overpriced for tubing and plastic fittings. Sure, it's a packaged solution but I'm pretty sure I can get what I would need for siphoning outdoors and filling from the sink for a fraction of that, assemble it in minutes, and then have a metal barb to hose end fitting rather than plastic that will withstand the repeated tosses out the window.
I'm always up for building a better mousetrap...