Originally Posted by Rex Grigg
This is a very wasteful way to drain the tank. If you are draining say 20 gallons you are flushing about 60 down the drain. Just use the Python as a standard siphon hose and save some water. Then use the Python to fill the tank.
But the whole point is to eliminate buckets, isn't it? I always feel like I'm wasting water when I use it. Even though the house I live in, it is included with rent. I'm moving out some time in the near future however, so I don't want to make a habbit of wasting water. Even if I'm not paying for it, I still don't feel right wasting it. Eliminating buckets though, where there's plenty of chance to spill it on the carpet by accident on my way to the garage to dump it in a giant sink, is a more expensive risk. I guess each individual has to weigh their options.
If you could figure out a better way to get the suction started and keep going without having all the tubes completely facing downward, I'd really love to hear it! Actually, if anyone's figured this out, I'd love to hear it. I'm not looking forward to a big water bill when I move.
And for the OP, the way I do it so that nothing is messed up in the process is I drain the water using a Python, and I keep the hose really close to the ground. Then I refill slowly to get the temp right after already adding in the Prime. After I get the temp right, I increase the speed, and the tank is full in a short amount of time.The fish barely even notice anything except a giant hose thing that they come to investigate, and a giant pinkish hand at the nose of the hose feeling for temp.
When I first used it, I couldn't believe a WC could be done with so little stress, if any, on the fish.