Used to clean and fill your tank by attaching to an existing water faucet.
These siphons can be purchased with different lengths in both the siphon tube and in the hose. Siphon tubes come in sizes ranging from 20 inches to 72 inches. Hoses come in sizes from 25 feet to 100 feet.
My first change with this had me mad. One fitting busted and water was everywhere (what a nightmare that was). Bought some metal clamps that fixed that. Second time, another connection failed, water everywhere. Also, getting the water out of the tube at the end can be tricky until you figure it out. You'll need to go back to suction while rolling up the tubing then its easy.
So after several water changes I've gotten used to the python and it's the easiest way to change the water. If you don't have this product you are doing it wrong.
I would only reccomend this product if your tank is within 25 feet of your faucett and on the same floor. Will not work if your tank is downstairs and sink is upstairs. You will be able to fill but not drain, and if the length is more than 25 feet and you have to go up/down stairs..forget it. NO suction and won't drain properly.
I love my Python. Ever since I purchased it, cleaning my tanks have been 100x easier. The only problem I see was with the rinky cheapo plastic piece that threads into your sink. You can purchase the brass version of that piece and it helps greatly, no more stripping!
yashua201 has used this product for 3 Years or More.
Overall Rating: 8.25/10
January 30, 2009
"Better than a bucket..."
This product is better than a 5 gallon bucket, especially if you have more than one tank. I have 350 gallons of water between the 6 tanks that I have set up. It makes the changes easier for sure, but the same downside that almost everyone who owns one will agree on is the cheap plastic faucet connectors. After breaking mine while hand tightening it (easier to do than you think), the solution that I found was the adapter for a water bed fill kit. These can be a little difficult to find, but call around to local hardware stores. The piece is identical in design, but the quality is MUCH better than the Python OEM.
Works really really really good! When siphoning it works faster for me to hook it up to the hose as the water pressure is more intense from the spigot outside. Only problems I have ever had with it is when I used it to vacuum out sand (on purpose). If I vacummed too much the connection to the spigot would get a lil clogged. If you do it slow enough though it smooth sailing when trying to cut down the depth of your sand bed.
Leaky, cheap plastic parts and a high price tap offset a good idea. while trying to tighten the pump and fill valve hand tightening caused it to snap. they sent me a new one, but same problem. good thing it is attatched to a laundry tub with a basement drain 3 feet away. piece of garbage. if you can find a different company, buy that product instead.
This tool is a must for all aquarist. All you do is hook it up to the focet and let the vaccum do the rest. It makes water changes a breeze.
ALthough the suction is a little low, it's still a great product and I highly reccomend it.
partsrep has used this product for 3 Years or More.
Overall Rating: 9.25/10
January 28, 2008
"An aquarist must have!"
The Python is a must have maintainance tool for any serious aquarist. I found if you want to save some water you can get the siphon started with the faucet, then turn the faucet off and it keeps on draining. It takes a little longer, but saves a lot of water. The downside is the parts wear out and it can spray wildly around the sink when worn. I've wrapped a rag around it and at the faucet and that keeps things from becoming a mess.
i really did love this product for a while and it worked great, but after a while the plastic on metal(who ever came up with that one?) fittings wore out and it would become a major disaster every time it would randomly fly off the faucet spraying my entire kitchen(the faucet pressure isnt even that high). luckily you can buy replacement fittings which I've had to do. the other thing is that it can be a little inconvienient to find out what type of fittings you can even use beacause many times you need to buy an adapter for your faucet whihc is around 10 dollars
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