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Re: Python water changer


Date: Sat, 13 Jun 1998 10:43:12 -0600 (MDT)
From: George Booth <booth at lvld_hp.com>
To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
Subject: Re: Python water changer

> Date: Fri, 12 Jun 1998 15:26:02 +0000
> From: "Brad Grenard" <brgrenard at SMLY-01_HFS.PURDUE.EDU>
> I'd like to hear from users of the Python water changer.  I'm 
> considering the purchase of one, but wonder if it's worth having to 
> make all of the connections and then take it all down and store it.  
> Do you think that it saves you any time?  Is it durable?  Any other 
> comments?  Thanks for your help.

I wouldn't be without one. Actually, we have two so we can fill one tank while a 
second tank is draining. It helps speed things up when you change 150 liters in 
each of three tanks. 

"Make all the connections"? Umm, you unsrew your faucet strainer, screw in the 
"pump" thing and screw the hose into the pump thing.  Not too onerous. If that 
sounds like too much fuss and bother, you're in the wrong hobby, my friend. 

Spilling just one bucket of water on the living room carpet makes the Pytjon 
seem very worthwhile. And, yes, it DOES save a LOT of time. 

To avoid "wasting" a lot of water, we simply use the Python as a siphon and 
drain water into the flower garden. Good water, rich in nutrients. It's also a 
lot faster than sucking the water out with the pump. We use an extra section of 
hose to get water to all the garden areas. 

Durable?  Most of the pieces are. The only weak spot is the threaded adapter 
that attaches to the sink There is a lot of stress there and it cracks after 
awhile. Instead of paying $5 for a "Python" replacement part, we just buy a 
waterbed "drain and fill" kit from WalMart for $3.79 and get the entire pump.  
Of course, it's not green, but it's the same identical thing. We sure have a lot 
of pumps laying in drawers now. You can also get a nice brass faucet adapter 
from the hardware store that is easier to use than the nylon thingy that comes 
with the Python. 

As a matter of fact, you could buy a drain and fill kit, a cheap 50' garden hose 
and the Python gravel vac tube for a whole lot less than a complete Python 
setup. Just an idea. <g>

George in Sunny Colorado