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Old 07-13-2003, 05:50 PM   #1
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Gravel Cleaning Question - Small Tank.

How can the gravel be cleaned for a 2G tank ? Is there a special gravel cleaner for this or is it just done manually ?

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Old 07-13-2003, 05:52 PM   #2
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Gravel vaccum cleans the gravel pretty good
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Old 07-13-2003, 06:10 PM   #3
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Is there a web-site for this product ? Thanks.

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Old 07-13-2003, 06:11 PM   #4
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You can buy them at walmart. They are just a siphone tube with a grate to block gravel from being sucked up. You use them during water changes.
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I use a small gravel vacuum in mine but there is one problem (at least for me - I haven't figured out a way around it yet). I have to "start" the siphoning myself by sucking on the end of the tube to get it started.... the first time I did this, well... let's just say that fish water isn't very tasty to humans. LOL

Anyway, the problem was that the smaller tanks (we have 3 of them) don't allow me to get the whole gravel vacuum inside and "pump" it up and down like I can in the larger tank... I don't know why I can't get it to work w/ the smaller tanks, I'm sure there is a way, I just haven't been able to figure it out. But the gravel vacuums do work.

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I haven't figured it out either. But I am very good at avoiding a mouthful of of fish water now.
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All you are trying to get by vacuuming the gravel is all the junk that settled in the gravel. I'd just use some airline tubing, about 3 or 4 feet so I'd have plenty of time to get it out of my mouth. Here's a trick for you: just suck enough to make water go up and over the tank, put your thumb over the end of the tubing, and move it over to the bucket (or glass for 20% of a 2 gallon ). Once the tubing is over the bucket, remove your thumb and let gravity do the rest.
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Old 07-14-2003, 02:53 PM   #9
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Oh I long since learned all of those tricks. But eventually your mind wanders and ..... 8O
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Yup! especially if you are like me and normally do all your water changes on the same day, you are bound to drink a bit of tank water. What the heck, it ain't killt me yet!
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