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Old 03-12-2006, 12:46 PM   #1
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PYTHON? What do I need to know before I buy?

Oh, by python I mean the system for water changes, not the reptile.

Alright, I have five tanks running and a sixth cycling (fishless). I'm getting a little exhausted doing water changes, folks. So, I've decided that the expense of a python will definitely be worth the reduced strain on my back, nerves, etc. I'm going to the city on Tuesday but will likely not purchase the python until Thursday on the way home (why waste on opportunity to procure LOTS of live food for the lizards?).

What do I need to know before I buy one? If it helps, I have two tanks in the living-room (44 and 55), three tanks upstairs (2-10's and a 5.5) and a tank in the basement (the 40 that I'm cycling). I also plan on adding between 2 and 4 tanks in the late summer or early fall (120-180 sizes). Any recommendations?
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figure out the distances between each tank and sink so you can ger the right lenght, and firgure out if you need any adapters.
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Indeed, the adapter can make or break your comfort level. Check the type of faucet you have and get the adapter (if needed). Japola is of course correct about hose lengths...don't want to come up short.
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Old 03-12-2006, 03:32 PM   #4
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Also, don't buy one at Petco if you're comfortable with online shopping. You can get them much cheaper online even when you combine shipping. I just got a 50' python for home (from www.drsfostersmith.com) and it cost me $39.99. At Petco they wanted $33 for 25' and $89.99 for 50'!
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You should know that this product will change your life. Welcome.

I can't imagine hauling buckets for 6 tanks!!!!!
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The tanks upstairs I'd probably still use buckets, as they are really small tanks. But the rest of them, the python will make things so much easier. Also, if the python is a bit expensive, check out the Lee's brand. It does the same thing and is just as good, from what I hear, and is quite a bit cheaper.
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I have the 50' lees brand that i picked up from a pet supplier on ebay for 39 bucks plus shipping... works great
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I hear having a sink is always nice LOL
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Another option is to get the shortest Python available and then pickup a garden hose of the appropriate length to save some money. I think I even heard of one person just picking up the parts individually avoiding the Python hose altogether. You will probably want to make sure that you pick up hose that drinking water safe to ensure there aren't any chemicals to harm your fish.
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You may as well buy your seventh tank while you're at it.
The python will make your life so much easier that your case of mts will get worse!
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