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Python Won't Do It's Job

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by csmith, May 28, 2010.

  1. csmith

    csmith Guest

    Has anyone else had an issue with a Python not having the suction to clean the substrate? Mine is taking water out just fine, but even when it's full on it wouldn't pick up detrius, uneaten food etc. from the substrate. Not in the substrate, but sitting on. I'd move my hand by it and it would lift off of the bottom but the Python wouldn't pick it up. Is this normal for the product?
  2. Philosophos

    Philosophos Lifetime Charter Member
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    Mar 12, 2009
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    It all depends on your water pressure and the height of your tank/water line. Try detaching the python from the sink and running the line either into the tub or outside somewhere. So long as you get it draining to a nice, low point it should siphon quite nicely.
  3. shoggoth43

    shoggoth43 Lifetime Charter Member
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    Jan 15, 2009
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    Check to make sure there isn't anything stuck in the green part that attaches to the sink. Mine has enough suction to drain a tank on the floor via the bathroom sink. Something seems off here but if you don't have much water pressure from the faucet you're not going to be able to do much with it.

  4. herns

    herns Guru Class Expert

    Jul 29, 2007
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    After you tried the above suggestions, check all connections of all parts. Make sure they are tight.
  5. Tom Barr

    Tom Barr Founder
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    Jan 23, 2005
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    Simple, cheap and can be cut to whatever depth you want the water change to be.
    Attach other end to shower head with a PVC 1/2" FPT to garden hose adapter.

    Turn shower to warm(75-82F), add dechlor
    Drain to yard, landscaping, house plants.

    Tom Barr

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