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Old 08-30-2006, 07:20 PM   #11
 
I added 75 ft on to my 25 ft hose and it works like a charm. I never turn the water of though.
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Old 09-02-2006, 06:37 AM   #12
 
Do you syphon water out of the tank and directly into the garden to need 75 ft of hose? So far mine just goes into a bucket that i cart off. But sending the water directly outside seems a timesaver. [/quote]
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Old 09-02-2006, 08:28 AM   #13
 
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The advantages to the python is that it is hooked directly to the sink faucet. This not only aids in starting the suction, but in refilling the tank. If your sink sits higher than or equal to the base of your tank, the suction will be minimal. In the event that this is the problem, run the hose out of a window and let it empty outside. the farther below your tank the other end of the hose is, the more suction you will have. If an outside window is not an option, try running it to a bathtub.
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Old 09-29-2006, 04:37 PM   #14
 
This was the topic I was looking for. Here's my situation. I am in the process of putting a tank into my basement. The nearest faucet is upstairs (water spicket outside is just as far if not further). I have a 50' python with about another 25' extension (wouldn't reach with just hte 50'). I get NO suction (obviously since the tank is well below the faucet level). Does anyone have any suggestions? I am cleaning it right now it's going to be an African Cichlid tank. It is 265 gallons so the battery operated syphon would not cut it. Thanks in advance for the help. I am at a loss here...

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Old 09-29-2006, 04:49 PM   #15
 
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Hi Mike, I've never tried a python but here's what I do. Somebody on the forum kindly gave me a powerhead, and I link this up to a length of tubing and drain water in and out of the tank using a large bucket. It's not ideal, as obviously you still have to lift the buckets but it's still much quicker than doing it by hand.

How about putting a sink in your basement? Is that a possiblity?
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Old 09-29-2006, 06:21 PM   #16
 
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This was the topic I was looking for. Here's my situation. I am in the process of putting a tank into my basement. The nearest faucet is upstairs (water spicket outside is just as far if not further). I have a 50' python with about another 25' extension (wouldn't reach with just hte 50'). I get NO suction (obviously since the tank is well below the faucet level). Does anyone have any suggestions? I am cleaning it right now it's going to be an African Cichlid tank. It is 265 gallons so the battery operated syphon would not cut it. Thanks in advance for the help. I am at a loss here...

Mike
I agree. Either a pump or powerhead may do the trick. Or you can hire a plumber to get plumbing downstairs as well.
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