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Old 05-12-2012, 11:55 PM   #11 
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I love love love love mine. It's not a python but it's the Aqueon version. Seriously everyone needs one of these or a similar product for tanks over 10 gallons.
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I have the Aqueon water changer, it's the same thing as a Python. They're really made for larger tanks, I'd be afraid to use it on anything that is too small. I use one on my goldfish tank and it makes water changes amazingly easy. I have gravel with my goldfish, but I think it'd be fine with a sand substrate as long as you kept the siphon an inch or so above the sand. You do need to keep an eye on what you're doing when you vacuum though, it wouldn't be difficult to accidently suck up a small fish...or even a big one for that matter. It empties into the sink, so if they managed to fit through the narrow openings at the end, down the drain they'd go. I did accidently suck up one of my goldfish once, he got stuck where the hose part connects to the siphon. He ended up alright, but it was still traumatic for both of us lol
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Old 05-12-2012, 11:56 PM   #13 
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Oh, smaller tanks are possible because the rate of water removal and replacement is controllable by how high you turn on the sink fawcett.
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Old 05-12-2012, 11:59 PM   #14 
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Oh, smaller tanks are possible because the rate of water removal and replacement is controllable by how high you turn on the sink fawcett.
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Not exactly. It's controlled more by the difference in height between the tank and where the hose is being drained. I've tested this. I can get my 55 gal goldfish tank started without the use of the sink faucet, and the water flow is faster when I do it this way. I have used the sink faucet once or twice to test it, and the flow was slower because the sink is higher than my bathtub drain.

You guys must have a smaller diameter siphon than I do because it could easily suck up a fish if I'm not there to hold it. I have the siphon rated for 100 gal tanks. It's physically taller than my 10 gal tanks. I use a smaller siphon there because I don't want to destroy my plants or fish.

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Old 05-13-2012, 12:00 AM   #15 
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Yeah, you must have the larger one Izzy.

I love it and can't wait to use it more. XD I plan to refill an empty ten gallon tomorrow with it.
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Old 05-13-2012, 12:02 AM   #16 
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I use pantyhose over the end. No sucking up fish here.
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Old 05-13-2012, 12:04 AM   #17 
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Oh, that's a really great idea Dom!
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Old 05-13-2012, 12:06 AM   #18 
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Ok, sorry. I've always just controlled it by adjusting the fawcett.

I do watch to keep the house away from my fish and shrimp but haven't sucked anyone up yet.
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Old 05-13-2012, 01:04 AM   #19 
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Good plan, Mr V! I'd be worried about losing a shrimp or an Endler.
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Old 05-13-2012, 11:09 AM   #20 
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Something like this would be great.....except we are currently having high nitrates in our well water.....and I have to buy bottled water for my boys to have a chance at a happy life.....
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