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25 Foot - Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Maintenance System
- Will not disturb fish or decor during routine aquarium maintenance.
- Adapts easily to most faucets.
- Complete ready-to-use system.
- No buckets, no siphons, no mess, no tank tear downs ever again.
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25 foot - Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Maintenance System
Smaller, more frequent water changes are imperative to the health of your fish. With a No spill clean and fill, you will be able to perform your mandatory aquarium maintenance with No buckets, No siphons, No mess, No tank tear downs - ever again!
25 foot - Python No Spill Clean and Fill Aquarium Maintenance System
The Python No Spill Clean and Fill is a complete ready-to-use system which adapts easily to most faucets and makes water changes a breeze. It drains as well as fills aquariums, and will not disturb fish or decor during routine aquarium maintenance. No buckets, no siphons, no mess, no tank tear downs. ..ever again! The Python No Spill Clean and Fill system includes: hose, 10" gravel tube, switch, hose connectors, faucet pump, and brass faucet adapter. Fully compatible extended length gravel tubes (20, 24, 30, 36, 48, and 72 inches) are available for applications requiring additional reach. Extended length gravel tubes are sold separately.
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However from my experience I will mention two areas of concern.
1. We have fairly low water pressure. The Python filled the tank slowly with a minimum of fuss. No problem. However cleaning was another story.
Because of the low water pressure, when the house tap is turned on, the suction from the tank is low. The tank's dirt and sludge etc gets sucked up, but very slowly, into the tubing. However it is no where near as powerful as I wanted and need. If you have solid water pressure, then the Python would work fine. You could adjust the rate of outward flow and suction.
But for some people, low water pressure could be a big issue.
2. In times of being water wise, and living in a country where water is a precious resource, there is such a lot of good clean water going down the drain (along with the dirty water of course).
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I figured that next time I'd reduce the flow from my tap but this makes getting the right temperature harder on my taps. So I had a brain wave and found that a spare old powerhead I had could be fitted to the inlet. I then filled my large bucket in my sink and made sure the temperature was right and then added the treatment. I then dropped the powerhead and inlet into the bucket and with the other end over my tank I switched the pump on. This filled my tank nice and slowly without disturbing anything and with nice safe treated water.
This is how I'll use it as, although I know some people say it will be fine to use tap water directly, my fish didn't like it. The white plastic tap adapter that comes with it, which I need to use, isn't the best quality and I'm sure will need replaced at some point. I'll see if I can get a brass one. Other than that this is a great thing to have and does make water changes easier. But the price is just plain robbery. I mean seriously it's a hose and some plastic...£35.00 tops is what it should be..
I used it for the first time today. I quickly found the correct screw-on adapter for our kitchen faucet, hooked it up and played around with it to figure out what all the bits do, and I was promptly able to begin my water change.
So long as your aquarium is higher up than your faucet, this thing has some SERIOUS suction power. It hoovered 14 litres in about 2 minutes. I'll have to remember to turn the tap down so it's slower next time! Refilling was just as simple. I spent most of the time just getting the water temp right coming out of the faucet before flipping the refill switch, and the rest was a breeze. The whole process is pretty quick, especially compared to the bucket method.
We have a separate hot water tank for our mixer tap, and the fish are not bothered at all from any hot water tank contaminants, which was one of my concerns with this. Also remember to dechlorinate your tank for the replacement amount BEFORE pumping in the tap water, otherwise your fish my get some exposure to the chlorine coming in. I personally use seachem prime, which takes care of any heavy metals plus other bits too.
Over all a great product, well designed and I'm quite happy with it.
I'd mainly put it off because of the price, thinking 'it cant be THAT good'...How wrong I was.
This is an amazing product, albeit a simple one. It makes draining and refilling large tanks a breeze (you can even be in another room whilst doing water changes!)
Once you have it connected to your tap (I had no issues with this, but I would definitely recommend the brass adaptor) draining takes a few minutes max, depending on your water pressure.
Refilling is as simple as matching temperatures from the tap to your tank, and twisting the bottom ring to change it to fill mode. That's it.
My only regret with this, is that I didnt buy it two years ago! If it broke today, I'd definitely buy another one.
If you have an aquarium over 150litres, I'd absolutely recommend the Python. You will not be disappointed.
If this helped you in any way, I'd appreciate if you clicked the little thumbs up :)
The python itself is brilliant and I am so glad I finally made the decision to give it a go after a lot of indecision due to the rather large price tag.
I love it once it's up and running and I'm glad I don't have to worry about lugging buckets of water around!
That being said the attachments that come with the python to attach it to the tap are awful, specifically the plastic adapter. After a handful of uses I have resorted to using plumbers tape to keep the seal tight enough to not fall off out of the tap. I mean it's pretty obvious to anyone that screwing a plastic adapter into a metal tap is going to cause the soft plastic to wear down! So, I've had to now go ahead and purchase the metal adapter on top of the cost of the python - not great!
As the python itself works as it should I'm happy to not send back. That being said, I really feel that everything down to the fittings should be of a good quality and last! Especially because of the amount of money being charged!
I got a 130L tank with 2 goldfish in it. I do water changes once a week and take out around 50% and this python makes it quick, easy and fun! No splashing around with buckets of water, no heavy lifting and super easy too use.
I would recommend getting a brass adapter instead of the plastic one that comes with the product. The plastic one does not seal it completly thight which make the water suction a lot lower and therefore harder to vacum the gravel/sand if you have that in your tank.
It a lot of money, but definitely worth every penny!
I live and use this in my kitchen sink in Denmark if that helps you find out if it will fit your sink or not.
The hose (unlike other brands) is very flexible and easy to roll up when you're done, and you can buy longer extensions and different gravel attachments and even a hook for refilling your tanks. Definitely recommended to all my aquarist friends, to prevent heavy buckets and backache.
If this was half the asking price I'd be much more forgiving but at this price point they really aught to up their game!!
I would say the only down side is it wastes a lot of water, but it is possible to get the syphon going then turn your tap off.
Initial cost is fairly high but eliminates the need to lug buckets of water to and from the sink many times.