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GwenInNM 03-06-2011 09:21 AM

Question about Python equipment
 
I've looked at the python for water changes, on Amazon. Looks like a fantastic thing, and I'd like to get it. My question is does it have some device that you use, to suction the bottom, or does it just take water out and add water? That's one of the downsides when you buy on line because you can't "see" it to understand how it works. The reviews are great, and it's $31.00 on Amazon for a 25 ft hose.

I do want to make sure it does allow you to clean the bottom of the tank, even if it just sweeps over the bottom, because I do plan on changing my subtrate to sand in the near future.

Gwen

SeaHorse 03-06-2011 09:29 AM

Hey Gwen. That is exactly what it is used for. Vacumming the bottom by pressing the hard larger end down into the gravel and it pulls the gunk right out as you gently pull up on the tube. The gravel drops back down to the bottom and the water flow pulls the gunk up and out. You just watch the water level and work fast. Also once the syphon process is started you turn off the water at the tap. this avoids wasted water, and allows you to vacuum a larger area. Also you put the dechlorinator into the tank before you refill and I've never had a problem. Remember to check temperatures at the tap before releasing the water into the tank.
Also make sure your submersible heater is low enough or turn off your heater if it is a hang on the side one. Don't forget to turn it back on after. Lots to remember but an amazing piece of equipment.

SeaHorse 03-06-2011 09:41 AM

Google youtube videos on python water changing system to see how it works. They are worth $50 if you had to pay that!! lol.


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