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01-24-2007, 10:40 PM
Newbie here, does anyone use some kind of fluid pump when doing water change? I have trouble lifting and for the past month I've been scooping from the bucket and pouring in the tank. I've been looking for pumps to speed up the process and found one that would probably work but I wanted to see if anyone uses one already that they find reliable.
Oh and the pump I was referring to is Drill Pump (http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1278825&cp=&sr=1&origkw=drill+pump&kw=drill+pump&parentPage=search&searchId=19467144131)
01-24-2007, 10:46 PM
Hi back atcha!! Welcome to the forum. I'm new here too and it is just great. I've been having a couple of issues lately and everyone has been very helpful about everything.
I bought something called a Python yesterday from Petsmart and tried to use it by myself last night. It is supposed to pump the water out and then you can refill it also. I couldn't get it to pull the water out but I may have been doing something wrong since I'm not all that mechanically inclined... :p But I did use it to refill and it was great not having to lift anything up to pour back in. I know there have been some posts here in the past about the Python in particular so you might be able to do a search while you wait for more responses.
01-24-2007, 11:04 PM
the end of the python that attaches to the faucet pulls down and up, in the down position it will draw water and with it pushed up it will push water, be warned though that pumping water back into the tank directly means you are pumping untreated water ( cholorinated water ) directly into the tank which can kill fish and beneficial bacteria.. take out with the Python, don't put back in... ( my recommendation anyhow )
Welcome to the forum!
01-24-2007, 11:58 PM
welcome to a.c.
01-25-2007, 05:04 PM
Thanks for the reply guys. In my case I'm pumping water from a bucket that I usually treat with dechlorinator and stuff the night before. So I'm looking for basically a pump, hand or electric would be fine since I only have a 10gal tank.
01-25-2007, 05:16 PM
Maybe you could just siphon the water from the bucket back into the 10G. That is if you can get the bucket higher than the tank?
01-25-2007, 05:25 PM
get the python. you won't regret it. no more buckets. no mess.
01-25-2007, 09:27 PM
I am curious now, I'll have to go to Petsmart and check out that Python.
01-25-2007, 11:36 PM
Pythons are awesome.
I wouldn't change my tank water any other way.
10 gallon or 110 gallon....doesn't matter.
01-26-2007, 02:17 AM
Phythons and Lee's are the same and work the same. You add your declorinator as you fill.
01-27-2007, 07:53 PM
I went to Petsmart and checked out this Python dohicky and I'm intrigued. Right now, my tank is almost beside the sink. Is there a way to trim the hose length to fit the distance from my tank and if I do move the tank in the future, can I change the hose again to fit the proper length?
01-27-2007, 08:10 PM
This is how to make a MUCH cheaper python
01-27-2007, 08:14 PM
I would just get the python. You wont regret it.
Welcome to AC
02-01-2007, 02:53 AM
I'm revisiting my question on cutting the Python hose. Can I cut it to a manageable length and still get the functionality? I'm less than 5 feet away from the sink :)
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