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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-14-2002, 04:55 AM Thread Starter
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Oh-My-God I don't know how I survived without one of these babies....

I just changed water in all of my tanks in less then 1 hour (changed almost 100 Gallons of water)

Around here the 30 Foot Python sells for (get this) $90 Canadian. I built mine for $20. Worth every penny.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-14-2002, 05:08 AM
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Awesome!

Would you maybe like to enlighten us on how you built it??? Maybe save some feloow hobbyists a few bucks??

Oh and if really want to, you can post a picture of it! :hehe:

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-14-2002, 05:36 AM Thread Starter
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Heh heh heh.. Its pretty easy.... (note: all prices listed in Canadian dollars)

1.) Go to your local Walmart (or waterbed sales outlet) and purchase a waterbed fill kit. This is the same type of valve that the python comes with (also the most important part!) Approximate value - $5-6

2.) Go to your local hardware store (Home depot, Canadian Tire, etc) and purchase a replacement end fora garden hose (threaded brass piece with a flanged tube for the "hose" to attach to) Approximate value - $2

3.) From the same hardware store purchase your desired length of transparent PVC piping (I purchased 30 Feet) Approximate value - $0.45 per foot

4.) Purchase a Gravel Vac from your local fish store, try to get one that your hose will be able to attach to (I had to modify mine using a large grade piece of tubing to conect the vac to the main hose for the python)

5.) Connect the tubing end to the brass garden hose replacement end (following the supplied directions).

6.) Connect the other end of your tubing to your Gravel Vac (a little creativity is required here, I will post pictures)

7.) Following the instructions provided with the waterbed fill kit, connect it to your faucet.

8.) Screw in the brass hose end replacement to the waterbed fill valve - Voila!
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Now that is ingenuity!

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-22-2002, 02:41 AM
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If you add a ball valve close to the gravel vac like I bult mine it is easyer to use.
I sugest everyone should not do without these great diy vacumes.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you ! This is a great DIY project, especially for someone who is partially crippled like me.:hehe:

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GDominy, can you show us a picture of the finished product. I've never seen a python.. I'd like to see it in action.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-11-2002, 10:53 PM
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I use a 2 1/2" piece of clear vaccumm tubing to attach the vaccumm tube on one end and a female faucet adapter on the other end. Then use a cheap garden hose, rather than pay the price they want for good strong tubing that won't collapse when the suction is applied. That way the whole thing cost under $25.

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-12-2002, 02:02 PM
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I originally planed on building mine, but the $22 US dollars on www.bigalsonline.com for the 25 ft. model was the same or cheaper for me (I also couldn't find all the stuff I needed). I do highly recommend a python to ANYONE who keeps fish. There is no way I could easily have 6 tanks running with out one. It is GREAT! The DIY might work better for some people, especially if they need over 50 ft, or need a differen't diameter gravel vac.
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I like to throw mine out the front (back) door... the plants seem to be enjoying it.
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