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post #11 of 18 Old 05-25-2013, 08:59 AM
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Oh I've been there with too many tanks - I had 18 going at one point, all over the house. I got a second python so that I could drain one tank while filling another. Cut my water change time in half. Switching to using a pump to remove the water cut the time in half again, but i don't use the pump on tanks less than 20 gallons. Too, I like having one dedicated to removing water and one dedicated to filling.

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post #12 of 18 Old 05-25-2013, 02:48 PM
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I now siphon to outside. 10 minutes to dump about 15 gallons and i put the end of the hose at the level that i want it to top at, usually halfway, so i can't accidentally drain the tank. I have to pump it in so I put a pail in the kitchen sink and run the tap into the pail then turn the pump on into the tank. Takes about ten minutes to refill but if I leave the sink its loud enough that I can't totally forget it... or I turn off the water at the tap.


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post #13 of 18 Old 05-25-2013, 07:56 PM
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I was so happy to discover the Python years ago. no more buckets! but yes, you have to pay attention AND you have to remember which way you turned the knob to stop the water... I am consistently turning it the wrong way with water gushing into the aquarium.

My only complaint with the Python is that after all this time the hose itself has gotten gunky. Any suggestions on how to get the gunk out?
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post #14 of 18 Old 05-25-2013, 08:58 PM
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I love being able to drain my tank outside into my plants. So much easier and the plants love it also. I am just now setting up the hose from the sink. Can't wait. No more buckets!
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post #15 of 18 Old 05-25-2013, 09:17 PM
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Yep, been there, flooded that! My primary problem is I try to be efficient - cleaning one tank while filling another. Unfortunately, I forget that I'm filling another tank until I hear water splashing on the floor.
I have come to the conclusion that I am far too easily distracted to be trusted doing anything but watching the tank(s) fill...

Cleaning: Circulate a bleach solution through using a cheap powerhead.
FYI: I actually made specific 3' hose "ends", that I plug onto the drain hose, for each of my tanks to prevent cross-contamination. The clean water hose never touches the tank water and my fill hose never is used to drain. I also use a mesh across the drain hose (tank end) to prevent smaller fish from being siphoned out. You can use the big spring binder clips (the 1" ones) to hold the hose in place in your tank while draining.

I siphon all my tanks (in the summer) onto the plants in the yard. I bought a really long bunch of tubing at the big-box home improvement store. Helps offset the cost of the fish hobby, at least a little.

18 species/varieties of fish, 15 species/varieties of plants - The fish are finally ahead of the plants!
*560 gallons (2120 liters) in 5 tanks -> you do the math.

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post #16 of 18 Old 05-25-2013, 10:04 PM
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Thanks for the terrific ideas!!!
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post #17 of 18 Old 05-25-2013, 10:13 PM
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You can get connectors for just about any size plastic tubing at local hardware stores or the big-box home improvement places. The hose (purchase by the foot) is not very expensive.

That way, you can extend your lines almost anywhere. Use a round extension cord reel to keep your hose on - works great to about 50' of hose.

18 species/varieties of fish, 15 species/varieties of plants - The fish are finally ahead of the plants!
*560 gallons (2120 liters) in 5 tanks -> you do the math.
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post #18 of 18 Old 05-30-2013, 11:06 PM
I must say that I have never flooded any sink with my python. Been using her for over 10 years. I have only discharged in two spots.
1) kitchen sink - no sink stops around, deep basin, unobstructed drain, pipe drains are standared 1.5" vs 1.25 vanity sinks
2) outside hose bibb - nothing at all to flood but my flower beds or landscape shrubbery

I don't think its a two person operation by any means though. I bought some large 'a' frame clamps from home depot. Clamp one end to the tank while you watch the sink flow until you get a hang of how it works. I also modified my hose. I extend mine with some addition vinyl tubing from Home depot and incorporated a sch 40 pvc ball valve. So much easier.
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