Python Pro-Clean Gravel Washer and Siphon Kit for Aquariums

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Description

Python Pro-Clean Gravel Washer and Siphon Kit for Aquariums is perfect for the beginner and hobbyist alike. This kit effectively separates and removes debris from your aquarium while you perform routine water changes. Python Pro-Clean Gravel Washer and Siphon Kit for Aquariums is made to last, constructed using only the highest quality materials.

Key Benefits
  • This kit effectively separates and removes debris from your aquarium while you perform routine water changes
  • Made to last, constructed with Python's high quality flexible tubing and unique gravel tube material that will not crack or chip
  • Comes ready to use for convenient, assembly-free aquarium maintenance
  • An Ideal gravel washer kit for aquarium hobbyists at all levels
  • High quality tubing and materials ensure this siphon is long-lasting and can be used time and time again
Precautions

Before you begin your water change, be sure you are using a bucket that has been selected for aquarium maintenance only. Using a bucket that has had cleaning solutions or soap in it at anytime can be fatal to your fish.

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  • Item Number
    106191
  • Dimensions
    24 x 7 x 2 inches
  • Aquarium Type
    Freshwater, Saltwater
  • Fish Type
    Tropical Freshwater, Betta, Cichlid, Goldfish, Marine Fish
  • Material
    Plastic
Instructions
  1. Place your clean bucket near the aquarium and be sure the top of the bucket is below the bottom of the aquarium.
  2. Submerge the entire Hose and Gravel Tube into the aquarium water. Manipulate the unit so that all internal air escapes and the entire unit fills with water.
  3. Hold your thumb tightly over the end of the Hose so water does not escape. Lift the end of the Hose that you are holding out of the aquarium and lower it into the bucket.
  4. Remove your thumb from the end and water will begin to siphon from the aquarium.
  5. Immediately hold the Cylinder vertical and begin vacuuming the gravel using an up and down motion. Some gravel will rise into the Gravel Tube but will fall into place as the Gravel Tube is lifted. This process allows debris to separate from the gravel for easy removal.
  6. Refill your aquariums by filling your bucket with water that matches the temperature of your tank. WARNING! Adding water that is too hot or too cold can harm or even be fatal to your fish.

NOTE: Remove 10% of the water from your aquarium AT LEAST ONCE per month. Larger water changes MAY be harmful to your aquarium. If excessive debris is left in the gravel after you have performed your water change, more frequent water changes (twice monthly) may be needed.

Size
SizeDimensionsRecommended for
Mini1 x 6 inchesFish bowls and aquariums up to 10 gallons
Small1 x 12 inches10 - 20 gallon aquariums
Medium2 x 10 inchesAquariums up to 20 gallons
Large2 x 16 inches20 - 55 gallon aquariums
X-Large1 x 20 inchesTall aquariums
Rating: 4.0 of 5 stars 84 Reviews 84 Reviews 4.1 out of 5 Stars

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Rating: 4.0 of 5 stars 4.1 / 5

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Mini python

    By Candi on May 6, 2021

    Worked great on my five gallon aquarium. It's just the right size, I can get the rocks clean and the gunk out. I wouldn't try cleaning anything bigger than a five gallon with the mimi python. I like it.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect Tool

    By CindyS on Mar 19, 2021

    I bought this because of the brand is so popular. I have spent so much money on different siphons, but this one seems to do the trick. I particularly like the extra long intake chamber whish helps with starting the siphoning and it works great with my fluval stratum substrate. I like how the small allows me to do my cleaning without too much water flow.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Works like it should!

    By Karrie on Feb 4, 2021 top1000Contributor

    I purchased the mini syphon for cleaning my Fluval Specs (I have two iii’s and a v, 3 gallon and 5 gallon respectively.) It is the perfect size to fit in both tanks and it doesn’t have TOO much suction power that it lifts things that it shouldn’t but it does quickly and efficiently suck out the detritritus and other waste. I can push the wand all the way to the bottom of my tank into the gravel and it won’t disturb the rocks at all but it will suck up every last piece of poop and whatever else from that spot and you can literally see the dirt and debris leaving the tank at a rapid rate.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great

    By CrazyCatLady on Jan 23, 2021

    This product works exactly as intended & demonstrated (in a video I watched). I have a small, 3gal aquarium & wanted to be able to vacuum debris on the bottom. I didn't necessarily need it to siphon water out b/c my aquarium has a built-in pump, filter, and spout for water change (Topfin - not available from Chewy). This vacuum cleans the bottom & sucks out waste easily. It's a good size, not too big for my smallish tank. It lifts the gravel as mentioned but it drops back down as intended lifting away the waste. I didn't have a problem with it sucking out the gravel. No screen needed. It did a real good job sucking the dirt from the bottom even drawing embedded waste from down in the gravel This product works exactly as intended & demonstrated (in a video I watched). I have a small, 3gal aquarium & wanted to be able to vacuum debris on the bottom. I didn't necessarily need it to siphon water out b/c my aquarium has a built-in pump, filter, and spout for water change (Topfin - not available from Chewy). This vacuum cleans the bottom & sucks out waste easily. It's a good size, not too big for my smallish tank. It lifts the gravel as mentioned but it drops back down as intended lifting away the waste. I didn't have a problem with it sucking out the gravel. No screen needed. It did a real good job sucking the dirt from the bottom even drawing embedded waste from down in the gravel not just what was lying on top of the gravel. I moved it around a lot & into the gravel & across the gravel. It has a nice long tube so it will reach any bucket or container you use to catch the water. I happen to have a sink close by so just put the end in the sink, no mess, no emptying a bucket. I just cleaned & sanitized the sink afterward. This is NOT a self priming siphon & I did not start the flow as instructions suggest. I did it the old fashioned way & sucked on the end to get it started. Since the tube is long & clear, it's easy to follow the progress of the dirty water flow so you don't accidentally get it in your mouth, just pay attention to what you are doing....hahaha. I got the impression that some of the reviewers either don't understand how a siphon works or have never used one. This is about as simple as they get. The rigid portion of the siphon is a good size for smaller tanks. It is long enough to reach the bottom without being too long or short. It is small enough diameter to fit around any plants or other tank decor fairly easily, depending on how cluttered your aquarium is. 1 review I did agree with said it sucks out a lot of water before you might get all the gravel clean, yes it does remove a lot of water fast. I replaced it with fresh & started vacuuming again...I am no fish expert & maybe I added too much fresh water at one time but didn't see any harmful effect to my Betta. I wanted to vacuum that dirt out rather than try to change out the entire tank & wash the gravel & do set up all over again....This siphon, vacuum worked great for me & I would recommend it. … more

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Expected to be wider

    By rebecca on Mar 4, 2021

    I own the python mini and ordered this thinking it would be wider but it’s literally just same size as the mini, only longer. Not disappointed because I’ll still use it but was just hoping for more width.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    This item DOES work!

    By JFarmer on Jan 10, 2021

    This is a siphon. It works just like it's supposed to work! It doesn't hook up to your sink (that is another Python product) doesn't come with a screen to protect fish (You will have to find that somewhere else. It isn't common on siphons.) and isn't fancy in any way. However it does exactly what it is meant to do well. Please just read the instructions it comes with! No, you don't need to start it with your mouth. I have never done that. The instructions are on the packaging. Get a bucket, put it in the floor, and place the hose end of the siphon in it. Lower the large plastic tube end into the water horizontally. Raise it into a vertical position filling the tube with water you will see water This is a siphon. It works just like it's supposed to work! It doesn't hook up to your sink (that is another Python product) doesn't come with a screen to protect fish (You will have to find that somewhere else. It isn't common on siphons.) and isn't fancy in any way. However it does exactly what it is meant to do well. Please just read the instructions it comes with! No, you don't need to start it with your mouth. I have never done that. The instructions are on the packaging. Get a bucket, put it in the floor, and place the hose end of the siphon in it. Lower the large plastic tube end into the water horizontally. Raise it into a vertical position filling the tube with water you will see water beginning to go through the hose. Quickly lower the tube back into the water keeping the vertical position. The siphon will have started. You can now turn the tube over and begin vacuuming the substrate. Aquarium Coop also has great instructions for siphoning on YouTube. If you don't understand the idea of siphoning don't review this just yet. If you don't like getting your hands wet don't keep aquariums! That one just hurts my head a bit. I don't get that. Lol. This is the best siphon I've ever had. It's flexible and easy to maneuver. I hated the Aqueon ones that were so rigid. This works. Try it. … more

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    A Must Have For A 10/20 Gallon Aquarium

    By Biliguer on Mar 17, 2021

    A great little tool to have for your small aquarium it gives you I would say, a 20% vac & water drain with no problems. The price could not be beat.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Very slow siphon

    By Fernfrog on Feb 6, 2021

    It's definitely designed for a small aquarium. It siphons almost painfully slowly, but this gives a lot of time to clean the tank as you siphon. The narrow wand reaches in between plants easily and it's easy to prime.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly.

    By Leopold on Dec 22, 2020

    I'm convinced that some of the people leaving 1-star reviews don't understand how this gizmo is supposed to work. I own the Small, and I'm about to order the Large for my bigger tanks. It's an incredibly simple device that only doesn't work if the plastic breaks or the hose won't make a tight connection to the plastic cap on the tube. No, it doesn't have a gravel screen. It's not supposed to. No, it's not automated. It's a siphon. Learn how a siphon works. For anyone concerned or confused, here's how this thing works: 1. Have a big bucket handy on the floor in front of the aquarium. 2. Attach the big plastic tube to the hose. 3. Stick the plastic tube into the tank with the open I'm convinced that some of the people leaving 1-star reviews don't understand how this gizmo is supposed to work. I own the Small, and I'm about to order the Large for my bigger tanks. It's an incredibly simple device that only doesn't work if the plastic breaks or the hose won't make a tight connection to the plastic cap on the tube. No, it doesn't have a gravel screen. It's not supposed to. No, it's not automated. It's a siphon. Learn how a siphon works. For anyone concerned or confused, here's how this thing works: 1. Have a big bucket handy on the floor in front of the aquarium. 2. Attach the big plastic tube to the hose. 3. Stick the plastic tube into the tank with the open end down in the gravel. 4. Start the siphon. The old-fashioned way is to literally suck on the loose end of the hose like a straw to start the flow of water. Otherwise, you can use that python starter gizmo. I don't bother. Seems like extra hassle. You're not going to poison yourself with a couple of drops of aquarium water. And you only need to just barely get the water up and over the edge of the aquarium. Then gravity takes over. 5. QUICKLY put the end of the hose in the bucket. Water will start flowing. 6. Press the end of the plastic tube INTO the gravel. The gravel will get sucked up into the tube A LITTLE BIT, but not all the way. The fish waste and debris is LIGHTER than the gravel, and will get pulled up with the water and into your waste water bucket. The gravel will fall back down, clean, with the waste pulled out of it. 7. Move the bottom of the tube to the next spot of gravel and do it again. You'll literally see a cloud of waste get pulled up and out of the gravel. 8. Keep an eye on the water level in your bucket so it doesn't overflow. Easy, efficient way of cleaning your tank. … more

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great

    By Lauren on Apr 9, 2021

    Once you get the hang of it, it is an amazing tool. Would highly recommend.

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