- Quickly and efficiently changes the water in an aquarium
- The plastic parts can be prone to breakage.
Ugly (How it Looks)
- Since it’s kept out of sight, the design shouldn’t influence the purchase of a Python Water Changer.
The python water changer is device that reduces weekly water changes from hours of soul crushing labor, to a few minutes of boredom while it does the work for you. What’s even better, is that it is extremely easy to use, and even someone who has never seen one before, can have it up and running within a few minutes.
So you might be asking, “how does it work”? The way that it works is quite simple – you just attach it to a sink faucet and it can remove or replace water in an aquarium with the twist of a knob.
It has two settings – the first uses water suction to draw water from an aquarium into a sink, where it drains away quickly. The other setting reverses the flow, and allows it to fill up an aquarium with tap water. Any water added to the tank should then be treated with Tetra AquaSafe Plus Water Conditioner or other high quality water conditioner to remove any chlorine.
So where large aquarium water changes used to require hours of hard work and caused prodigious amounts of water to be spilled, they can be done relatively quickly and easily. And for anyone with a tank larger than 10 gallons, this is a life saver.
I personally have been using the python for almost a decade now, and it allows me to keep a half dozen tanks with little extra hassle. In the years prior to keeping the python, I always dreaded weekly water changes. Water changes were the stuff of nightmare, where I emptied countless buckets, and in the summer I even dragged the garden hose in the house to help fill up the larger aquariums.
But like any product on the market, not everything is perfect about the python water changer. The one complaint that you will often hear repeated is that the plastic parts can become brittle with age. While they are all sold individually, and can be easily replaced, I don’t have to tell you that it’s frustrating to break a part in the middle of a water change.
A less common complaint is that the hose can occasionally kink, though this hasn’t happened with mine up until this point (I have had the tap attachment break once).
The python water changer is a must for anyone with multiple aquariums or anyone who keeps a large aquarium. However, it tends to be overkill if you just keep one small aquarium.