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    Maybe there already is one of these posted if not how about it? Sort of a "how to" on the various methods people do water changes. How they siphon their aquarium water, tips/techniques they use to be more efficient and quick at it, avoiding a watery mess. And no I didn't make that much of a watery mess, just enough of one to make me want to post this.

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    I think it's pretty much an individual routine, and one that you get better at with practice. I used to make a mess with water everywhere, but hardly do that anymore. If you have a python like siphon device, it helps to make the whole process that much easier.

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    I zip thru my tanks in no time. I also have the python water exchanger and do 50% water changes each week in no time at all.

    Only time I have water to wipe up is when the darned python blows the end off (too often) and then I get to wipe the walls down, too. *grrrr*

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    Only time i have water is when i shut the valve off on the python and can't make it to the sink in time and it sprays all over the kitchen floor and wall

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    Quote Originally Posted by labnjab
    Only time i have water is when i shut the valve off on the python and can't make it to the sink in time and it sprays all over the kitchen floor and wall

    I have that same problem -- otherwise i don't make much of a mess anymore
    I love my python -- I have 3 tanks and it would take quite a while before with the buckets -- now I can do all 3 within a 1/2 hour and I do about a 50% water change each week.

    The python was one of the best investment I have made for my fish
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    I have a 500gph pond pump that I attach to my python, I don't waste any water that way. I do a quick gravel vac and then run the pump. I can do a 90% water change on my Discus tank in about 10 minutes.
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    For those using pythons, how does the end blow off?? I've never had that happen before.

    ILMGB, how large is your discus tank? A 90% water change in 10min sounds pretty good (my 50% water change on my 180gal takes forever, but I'm only using gravity to operate the python).
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaybee
    For those using pythons, how does the end blow off?? I've never had that happen before.
    The end doesn't blow off, when i close the valve at the tank end while filling, pressure builds up at the faucet and starts streaming water at the adaptor. I have very high water pressure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by labnjab
    The end doesn't blow off, when i close the valve at the tank end while filling, pressure builds up at the faucet and starts streaming water at the adaptor. I have very high water pressure.
    this happens to me especially if I am in a rush and don't tighten everything like I should!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaybee
    ILMGB, how large is your discus tank? A 90% water change in 10min sounds pretty good (my 50% water change on my 180gal takes forever, but I'm only using gravity to operate the python).
    It's a 46gal Bowfront with a mated pair. I was doing 50% on my 125 in about 20min using that same pump.
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