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Old 04-24-2007, 04:48 PM   #1
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DIY syphon/sludge remover

Has anyone created their own syphon / sludge remover? I need a tool to remove detritus from my tank.
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Old 04-24-2007, 05:21 PM   #2
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I use a piece of 3/4 OD (1/2 ID) clear vinly tubing and a piece of 1/2 cpvc pipe to remove stuff from the bottome of my tank...works well but takes sand with it which I don't mind all that much as I like to put a bit of sand be once in a while..I don't use this but once every month or so...tube is about 8' long and the CPVC is about 20" long. I stick the CPVC into the hose and go town.
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Old 04-24-2007, 11:52 PM   #3
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I once made a vac from 1/2 clear pipe, "J" bend, air line, and pantyhose....

It worked on the concept of a sponge filter(air bubbles in the bottom of the tube would create enough current to pull debris up the pipe, and filter through the pantyhose)...

It worked fine for a short tank, like my old 10gal, but it's not strong enough for the 40 and 55 that I have now...

Someday, when I have an extra powerhead I'll make another, and try it out
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I once made a vac from 1/2 clear pipe, "J" bend, air line, and pantyhose....

It worked on the concept of a sponge filter(air bubbles in the bottom of the tube would create enough current to pull debris up the pipe, and filter through the pantyhose)...

It worked fine for a short tank, like my old 10gal, but it's not strong enough for the 40 and 55 that I have now...

Someday, when I have an extra powerhead I'll make another, and try it out
I'm not picturing this. Do you have a picture of it or possibly a drawing?
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Old 04-25-2007, 04:49 PM   #5
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Old 04-25-2007, 11:20 PM   #6
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I'm not picturing this. Do you have a picture of it or possibly a drawing?
This is the same thing

http://www.petsolutions.com/default....25401&SID=NXTG
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Old 04-26-2007, 12:41 AM   #7
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The prices he list over there in that tutorial come to about $19, not including the price of the gravel vac. If you dont already own a gravel vac, you'll need to purchase one for $10 (for a cheap short one). That brings the total up to about $29. Save yourself the hassle of running to Walmart, Lowes and the LFS and the hassle of putting it all together by buying a 25' Python at PetSmart for $26 (use in-store price matching to save shipping) if one is nearby.

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Old 12-28-2011, 07:57 PM   #8
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bought the eheim electronic gravel vac for my black sand...love it, never going back
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Ive tried battery powered vacs and i didnt care for the one i used, never tried ehiems though good to hear it works for you.
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Ive tried battery powered vacs and i didnt care for the one i used, never tried ehiems though good to hear it works for you.
I love it to death lol no more trying to be quick while siphoning water. The only drawback is it does take longer but I have since switched Ailey to sand and that helps a lot. Used to spend 40 mins on my 55 with pea gravel.
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