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
    106189
  • Dimensions
    17 x 7 x 2 inches
  • Aquarium Type
    Freshwater, Saltwater
  • Brand
    N/A
  • 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 72 Reviews 72 Reviews 4 out of 5 Stars

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Rating: 4.0 of 5 stars 4 / 5

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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

    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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  • 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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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    Not the one for me.

    By TurtleMom on Oct 18, 2020

    Been years since I've had to use a tank siphon so I ordered this recommended brand for size of my tank as specified. This pulls water out so fast I have little chance to clean gravel before the 25% of the water I need to replace is already out. Not an efficient way for me to get gravel clean at all. I should have remembered features of the model I used years ago that really would help me now, most importantly a flow control. I will be trying to return this and purchase one that better suits my specific needs. I recommend this as a well made siphon useful for a tank larger than 29 gallons or one with a bare-bottom that debris can be vacuumed off of speedily.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    how do I return???

    By Abe12345 on Nov 24, 2020

    This doesn’t work. I don’t understand why chewy even had this on their site. How do I return this?

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    Way too big

    By Tiff on Jul 28, 2020

    Our tank is small and even though I thought it would be the perfect size for our tank it's not. 5 gallons or up would be perfect anything else too small. We are stick with it.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Kinda Small

    By Gkate on Aug 11, 2020

    I got the mini for my 10 gallon because that’s what it said but it’s kind of small would get the small insteps

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    Not Functional

    By Turtlej9 on Jun 28, 2020

    This was too small to pick up anything. I am better off draining entire tank and starting over.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for the job!

    By Emily on Mar 3, 2020

    I love Python siphons. The mini size is perfect for our ten gallon - the siphon starts easily and is strong enough for light gravel vacuuming without draining the tank too quickly. Perfect for water changes and cleaning days.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    This sucked in more ways than 2!

    By BeasIndenturedSlave on Mar 11, 2020

    This doesn't have a small rock screen which is not noted in the description. I passed on to someone else with a turtle tank. A better description would have that there is NOT a screen...

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