I didn't want to discourage OP but I think the same thing, small price to pay vs buying everything separately to save a few bucks but not as good. For me the main drawback would be the garden hose; either buy a heavy non-kink garden hose or a light hose that kinks vs. the Python hose which is ultra light and never kinked for me in all the years I've used it.Steve C said:...so I tried this myself years ago and found that it's really not worth it IMO. By the time you piece all the stuff together to get it to work somewhat like a factory water change hose, you really are almost the same dollar amount in the end. For me I just bought the $44 Aqueon 50' one 7 yrs ago and have used it every week since, it's a small price to pay for a quality tool you use on a weekly bases IMO.
It's good this is working for you and perhaps it can be improved through what is in the video, if you choose. Because I have large tanks I use a water pump with my Python setup when emptying my tanks, otherwise this part of my weekly water changes would take many times longer.lambretta said:i shall continue to use my present syphon for tank clearing as i feel that too much pressure will be lost on a long hose
i shall be using my garden hose that hasnt kinked in the 4 years i have had it and it a fairly straight run from taps to tank and the nozzle on the end adjusts from off through sprinkle to torrent,so will have it on torrent for emptying and sprinkle for a slow fill