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PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 3:48 pm Post subject: DIY Python Water changer. Reply with quote

 Hi  all  has  anyone  tried  this  as  a  DIY  project  "http://cgi.ebay.com/Python-No-Spill-Clean-and-Fill-Aquarium-Tank-Hose-50-/120673032610?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c18ac59a2"  kindly  do  let  me  know.  Do  not  seem  to  be  feasible  to  purchase  it  online.  It  is  used  for  water  draining  and  refill  in  the  aquarium.   
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 6:04 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Python Water changer. Reply with quote

 Ryel,
 
 These  guys  out  there  know  how  to  market.
 
 No  buckets,  No  spills,  etc  etc  -  all  you  need  is  this  'Python'!!!!  for  a  water  change.
 
 Frankly  speaking  -  for  a  simple  water  change  -  all  I  use  is  a  long  rubber  tube  and  with  some  imagination
 at  the  point  where  it  bends  to  go  into  the  tank  -  you  need  a  'electrical  pvc  conduit  pipe'  which  is  bent  -
 so  that  the  flexible  tube  passes  through  this  and  does  not  get  pressed.
 
 For  cleaning  -  yes  one  would  need  buckets,  siphons  etc,  but  not  for  simple  water  change.
 
 My  two  cents  -  do  not  attempt  to  copy  the  product  -  rather  find  a  simple  solution  to  the  problem  in  hand.
 You  would  save  time,  money  and  who  knows  -  if  your  solution  is  one  of  a  kind  -  you  might  also  end  up  making  some  money  !!  Very Happy  
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 6:22 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Python Water changer. Reply with quote

 K.Ram,
                I  have  a  222  l  aquarium  and  will  be  doing  80  l  of  water  change  every  week  so  going  the  siphon  and  bucket  way  does  not  work  out  for  me  and  that  too  for  80l.  With  something  similar  i  am  planing  to  siphon  the  water  into  my  toilet  and  fill  the  aquarium  back  from  the  tap  itelf.  Now  that  says  time.  I  have  tried  what  you  said  long  ago  before  posting  this  message  before  on  the  forum  however  the  distance  from  my  aquarium  and  the  toilet  is  like  25  feet  so  the  suction  on  the  other  end  of  the  pipe  is  not  enough  by  me  to  generate  water  flow  from  my  tank  into  the  toilet.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 6:45 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Python Water changer. Reply with quote

                                                   
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K.Ram,
                I  have  a  222  l  aquarium  and  will  be  doing  80  l  of  water  change  every  week  so  going  the  siphon  and  bucket  way  does  not  work  out  for  me  and  that  too  for  80l.  With  something  similar  i  am  planing  to  siphon  the  water  into  my  toilet  and  fill  the  aquarium  back  from  the  tap  itelf.  Now  that  says  time.  I  have  tried  what  you  said  long  ago  before  posting  this  message  before  on  the  forum  however  the  distance  from  my  aquarium  and  the  toilet  is  like  25  feet  so  the  suction  on  the  other  end  of  the  pipe  is  not  enough  by  me  to  generate  water  flow  from  my  tank  into  the  toilet.
 
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 Ryel                

 
 Use  a  a  power  head\pump  to  push  water  from  the  tank  to  the  tube  just  to  start  the  siphon.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 7:36 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Python Water changer. Reply with quote

 Hi  Ryel,
 
 As  a  matter  of  fact,  the  Python  ,  or  atkeast  the  principle  it  works  on  is  quite  useful.  I  do  not  stay  in  a  palace  ,  hence  I  felt  the  need  to  do  water  changes  with  as  little  mess  as  possible.  This  is  what  I  did  :
 
 1.  Bought  the  tubing  -  obviously   Smile  The  total  length  is  12  feet.
 
 2.  Bought  a  gravel  vaccum  from  an  LFS  in  Delhi  -  these  are  becoming  common  nowadays  and  are  very  very  useful  It  includes  a  simple  2'  acrylic  tube  and  a  valve  with  an  Open/Close  knob.  You  hold  the  tube  and  move  it  up  and  down  and  the  sudden  release  of  the  vaccum  forces  the  water  upwards.  
 
 3.  I  next  proceeded  to  buy  an  Ista  Hose  holder  from  Indiapetstore.  This  is  basically  a  simple  plastic  elbow  which  allows  you  to  hold  the  tube  to  the  aquarium  glass  firmly  -  this  results  in  the  tube  not  going  anywhere  due  to  changes  in  water  pressure.  This  is  a  cheap  but  a  very  useful  piece  of  equipment  and  I  use  it  during  the  refill.
 
 4.  Bought  something  called  a  Hozelock  connector  off  eBay.  Again,this  is  a  cheap  but  useful  equipment  which  essentially  allows  you  to  firmly  attach  the  other  end  of  the  tube  (the  one  which  is  not  attached  to  the  gravel  vaccum)  to  various  sizes  of  taps.
 
 The  result  of  all  this  is  that  I  can  do  very  quick  water  changes  with  almost  zero  spillage.  Keeps  the  wife  happy  ,  which  I  guess  is  an  important  objective  in  this  hobby.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 7:51 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Python Water changer. Reply with quote

 I  have  a  250l  tank  and  sometimes  I  do  major  WCs.  I  use  the  filters  inlet  pipe  most  of  the  time.  But  once  in  a  while  siphon  with  the  regular  thing.  
 
 I  dont  add  water  directly  from  the  tap.  Thats  a  definite  no  because  of  chlorine.  I  use  sump  water  which  is  usually  topped  up  at  least  2-3days  before  water  change.  I  use  a  small  45lt  container  in  between.  A  1HP  pump  is  used  to  fill  the  water  from  the  sump  and  then  a  smaller  one  from  the  container  to  the  tank.
 
 For  me  and  as  well  as  many  people  in  countries  where  its  available,  that  design  is  useless  in  its  entirety.  You  can  take  whatever  is  needed  and  design  your  own  solution.
 
 And  its  definitely  not  worth  the  price.
 
 Think  you  can  build  what  you  need  from  suggestions  others  have  given.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 6:53 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Python Water changer. Reply with quote

                                                   
apuda2010  wrote  (View  Post):                
Hi  Ryel,
 
 As  a  matter  of  fact,  the  Python  ,  or  atkeast  the  principle  it  works  on  is  quite  useful.  I  do  not  stay  in  a  palace  ,  hence  I  felt  the  need  to  do  water  changes  with  as  little  mess  as  possible.  This  is  what  I  did  :
 
 1.  Bought  the  tubing  -  obviously   Smile  The  total  length  is  12  feet.
 
 2.  Bought  a  gravel  vaccum  from  an  LFS  in  Delhi  -  these  are  becoming  common  nowadays  and  are  very  very  useful  It  includes  a  simple  2'  acrylic  tube  and  a  valve  with  an  Open/Close  knob.  You  hold  the  tube  and  move  it  up  and  down  and  the  sudden  release  of  the  vaccum  forces  the  water  upwards.  
 
 3.  I  next  proceeded  to  buy  an  Ista  Hose  holder  from  Indiapetstore.  This  is  basically  a  simple  plastic  elbow  which  allows  you  to  hold  the  tube  to  the  aquarium  glass  firmly  -  this  results  in  the  tube  not  going  anywhere  due  to  changes  in  water  pressure.  This  is  a  cheap  but  a  very  useful  piece  of  equipment  and  I  use  it  during  the  refill.
 
 4.  Bought  something  called  a  Hozelock  connector  off  eBay.  Again,this  is  a  cheap  but  useful  equipment  which  essentially  allows  you  to  firmly  attach  the  other  end  of  the  tube  (the  one  which  is  not  attached  to  the  gravel  vaccum)  to  various  sizes  of  taps.
 
 The  result  of  all  this  is  that  I  can  do  very  quick  water  changes  with  almost  zero  spillage.  Keeps  the  wife  happy  ,  which  I  guess  is  an  important  objective  in  this  hobby.                

 
 
 Voila  -  that's  what  I  call  a  'solution'  to  a  problem.  (as  I  stated  in  my  earlier  post)
 Inexpensive,  Effective  and  Repairable  !!  Can't  be  better.  Thumb Up  
 
 Cheers,
 K  Ram
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