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How To Make A Diy Python

Discussion in 'Aquarium DIY' started by backtotropical, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. backtotropical

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    How to make a DIY Python

    I put this together for someone in the 'New to the Hobby' section as the linked pics in ncjharris' pinned version no longer work.

    You will notice that my python required more connectors than recommended by Nick as i made it slightly more complicated to fit onto my gravel cleaner. How complicated you want to make yours is personal choice.

    Hope this helps you. :good:

    BTT

    Please note: Unless otherwise stated, all text and images in this post are copyright Backtotropical, 2008-2009.
    Some of the text in this post was provided by ncjharris, and is therefore not included in this copyright.
     
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    Thanks BTT - have since made my own version and stole some of your ideas so now don't have to humph homebrew buckets everywhere- I still manage to get water all over the place somehow - there's no hope for me :rolleyes:

    Oh I put a link on another site to it
     
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    :lol: Theres no hope for me either mate. I've just learned to live with it. :lol:

    I didn't even know this was pinned to be honest. I just found out just now when i clicked on it to read your post.

    Cheers Mods!! :good:
     
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    Not wishing to highjack but here is an alternative thats easy to build and is a real python built at half the price

    Cost was about 25 quid including hose and parts. I bought python spare parts from Fish and Fins (There may be others that sell seperate spares for them)


    Here is what i bought (check the type of tap attachment you need and you can then buy the right bit. I needed the adapter but others may not. )

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    and these bits are all genuine python parts

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    from top to bottom then left to right

    Main Python Drain

    Male pipe connector
    Female Pipe connector
    Female Pipe connector

    Nylon tap adapter
    On/off Valve
    push fit adapter

    Thats it once together it looks like this

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    The Hose used here was not any good so i went and bought some underground pond hose for a fiver and this is effectively a solid flexible hose. Or you can use filter hose.

    This works perfectly and I just push on a long tube for sand cleaning.
     
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    Nice one Behold. I've been told that the T connectors work better than the Y connectors, but i've never tried the T. Any thoughts?
     
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    I could not say. the Python T has a strainer on the bottom (Can get clogged) to airate the tap water on filling and to minimise waste when sucking. Personally i start the sucking from the tap then turn it off and it continues to syphon. To choose the action you do a quarter twist on the bottom bit. No removing needed

    I have not used a y but should work the same. Maybe its the strainer bit that makes the difference???
     
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    I give this up as a bad job in the end, cost nearly £40 and I nearly scolded all me fish! Im noo diy type of bloke lol
     
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    This is great but the only caveat I would give is to make sure the water temperature doesn't drastically change when you attach the stop. I know a change in flow has quite a difference on my combi boiler!
     
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    You should only use cold water. I know many say you can use your combi as its not standing water but i have a water tank and use cold only and i drop up to 5 degrees in one corner and about 2-3 in the other and my fish love it. they come play in it. This then removes the need for scolding fish.

    PS. in the winter i get 5 degree water from my cold tap and still not an issue.
     
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    Hows is the water declourinated? (misspelt)

    I use buckets at the moment, but this would be so much simpler. But im concerned how the tap water will affact the fish? and when and how do you add the magic blue stuff to remove metals etc.
     
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    just start refilling the aquarium with water and pour the whatever you use to remove metals directly in the tank. the chlorine and metals wont harm the fish right away.
     
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    Awesome.

    Now i just need to visit BnQ
     
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    Thanks for this - awesome post, well constructed and so easy to follow.
    I've found that turning the faucet on full for less than a couple of seconds and then off completely is enough to get the flow going, and I can then flick on the telly while the tank drains (other than when I'm gravel vaccing), pause telly, change water flow and dechlor, resume watching telly :fun:
     
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    Great thread, thanks to all involved.
     
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    Can you use standard garden hose for this without any problems?

    Thanks
     

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