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post #1 of 4 Old 07-05-2011, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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DIY Python Aquarium Cleaner

So after about 1 year of using buckets whilst doing water changes i decided to make a simple yet time consuming way of draining/filling my tanks. I know python and aqueon make one but i dont like the idea of wasting water whilst using it to drain the tank, besides. . . . . i waste enough water when i spill buckets onto my carpet

I bought a faucet adaptor that connects onto my bathroom sink tap and onto a garden hose. The other end i have squeezed the hose onto a U shaped piece of intake tubing that was from an old HOB filter. I simply place the end into the tank, turn on the tap and it starts to fill up.

For drainage i use a gravel cleaner (i put some panties over the intake and held it with elastic bands so i dont suck up any fish) but have attached to garden hose to it making it longer as i can now use the dirty tank water to water my plants in the back yard some 20 foot away from the tank

I know others have used both these methods but i just wanted to share it with you since it cost a total of $12.00 compared to a python which is around $40. . . . and i dont waste any water , and hopefully no spills anymore!
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-05-2011, 03:49 PM
good idea!, how did you make the hose adapt to the gravel vac? The hoses i see are usually wider in diameter than my gravel vac hose, so i forsee leaking? Currently i use my aqueon to water my lawn and then attach it to the faucet to fill the tank, but a hose sounds like it can a) be cheaply extended, b) cheaper to obtain, c) more durable. Can you post pics of how each part is attached?
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when i bought my tank pre owned it came with a gravel cleaner which had plastic tubing. That tubing fits snug inside the hose pipe. I will get pictures posted at some point today though. Hopefully it will save others carrying buckets to and from the bathroom !
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So after about 1 year of using buckets whilst doing water changes i decided to make a simple yet time consuming way of draining/filling my tanks. I know python and aqueon make one but i dont like the idea of wasting water whilst using it to drain the tank, besides. . . . . i waste enough water when i spill buckets onto my carpet

I bought a faucet adaptor that connects onto my bathroom sink tap and onto a garden hose. The other end i have squeezed the hose onto a U shaped piece of intake tubing that was from an old HOB filter. I simply place the end into the tank, turn on the tap and it starts to fill up.

For drainage i use a gravel cleaner (i put some panties over the intake and held it with elastic bands so i dont suck up any fish) but have attached to garden hose to it making it longer as i can now use the dirty tank water to water my plants in the back yard some 20 foot away from the tank

I know others have used both these methods but i just wanted to share it with you since it cost a total of $12.00 compared to a python which is around $40. . . . and i dont waste any water , and hopefully no spills anymore!
Good luck I have the Python gravel vac and it works wonders. I live on the 2nd floor in my house and the sink is down stairs and I have 2 tanks in my bedroom and I used to have to do the whole bucket stuff myself. This product really saves MUCH time and energy. Enjoy it

Special thanks to TFK user Amanda aka LasColinasCichlids for helping identify some of the fish species names I lost track of.

55 Gallon inhabitants
1 striped peacock eel
2 Harlequin Rasboras
2 Giant danios
2 zebra danios
2 Rosie reds (former feeder fish I saved from my toad) R.I.P Pippa we miss you
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