Aquarium siphon/vacuum advice

Giuseppe

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Looking for advice on siphons/vacuums

I've been using the python water changer for years and I adore it but due to changes in our house I can no longer use it.

Today my mom bought me a fluval aqua pro vac https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/product/fluval-aqua-vac-gravel-cleaner-2915618?cm_mmc=PLA-GG-_-PTC_P_SUP_PLA-GG_FY19_SBU05_Fish_SMRT-_-70403332497-_-A&kpid=go_2046116841_70403332497_358235784665_pla-775191865885_m&utm_config=tad0iunwp&utm_campaign=PTC_P_SUP_PLA-GG_FY19_SBU05_Fish_SMRT&utm_source=google&gclid=CjwKCAjw0vTtBRBREiwA3URt7pwBvtM2Kv_oMrMqnQoTy2UZNhknlWVRHHmbAGTM848aLgF56WIaHhoCTCMQAvD_BwE after seeing how much I was struggling with the crappy gravity siphon and buckets I've been using. It looks like it only suctions up debris and then puts the filtered water back in the tank? So I would still need to do water changes with a bucket of something?
Does anyone have experience with these? I'm inclined to have her return because they're pricey but if they're amazing I'd keep. Also would they work on fine play sand? My tanks are barebottom rn but plan to switch.

The other one I'm looking at is the Zacro
Which just looks more like a regular siphon but the design is way nicer than what I have and the hand pump is a huge as I struggle with the gravity starter ones.

I have chronic illness that makes the physicality of water changes tough so not being able to use the python really sucks and I'm looking for something to make it easier for me to keep up with the maintenance my babies deserve.
Looking for any kind of tips or recommendations ya'll have!
 
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