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Gravel Vacuum

Discussion in 'New to the Hobby Questions and Answers' started by WookiellMonster, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. WookiellMonster

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    OK so i bought a gravel vacuum and the directions r not helpin very well and it wont suck up anything can sum1 help? ive been tryin for like an hour...
     
  2. fish_r_great

    fish_r_great Especially African Cichlids

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    you just suck on the one end to get water flowing and then stick the sucking end in the gravel adn keeping go into the gravel and sucking untill your whole tank is clean.

    HTH
     
  3. catyrpelius

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    Well it all depends on which kind you are using, there is a gravity operated one, an electri operated one, an air operated one and a python which uses water pressure.

    For a gravity powered gravel vacum the tank needs to be higher then the container you are putting the dirty water into, like the tank is up on the counter, while the bucket is on the floor. To start the vacum, simply submerge the whole vacum, including the tubing in the tank and get all of the air out of the line. Once this is done put your finger over the end of the tubing but that end in a bucket and take your finger off.

    For an electric one, you just have to make sure the pump is low enough in the water.

    Unfortunatly ive never used an air operated or a python vacumm, but i hope that helps
     
  4. WookiellMonster

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    wow quick response ok im gonna go try again. lol my shoulder hurts from tryin to get it to start :X
     
  5. WookiellMonster

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    hehe thanx its works now :D suckin out of the vacuum hose really speeds up the process. they should really change those instructions...
     
  6. Snailguy101

    Snailguy101 Moved On

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    What is the best gravel vaccume to get and what cost?
     
  7. pseud

    pseud Nyah Nyah Nyah!

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    You don't even need to suck. Like stated, ensure the container you are emptying into is lower than the tank. Fill the vacuum part up with water and lift up so the water starts flowing through the tube. BEFORE the vacuum part is empty of water seal the end of the hose with your thumb. Refill the vacuum pump and take your thumb off the end. Do this until all of the air is out of the hose and you have water flowing through the tube then submerge the vacuum part and start sucking up ####!
     
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    you don't even need to do that.

    Simply put on end in the bucket.
    one end in the tank
    bounced the vacum end up and down and it'll start itself.
     
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    I just got an eletric one...Works like a charm
     
  10. Jo and Gra

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    agreed........

    but mine dont seem to suck the gravel up......but does suck the water past the gravel.....
     
  11. Bloo

    Bloo ~ I learn something new ~ ~~~~ every day ~~~~

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    :blink: that creates a tidal wave effect in my tank !
    I stick to the trusted sucking method :p
     
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    I use a $3 kerosene siphon hose from the hardware store... works great!
     

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