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Old 02-23-2013, 01:44 PM   #11
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Hey Steve, I wanted to let you know I just picked up a new syphon from petsmart. Not only does it come with a one way ball valve bulb in the middle it comes with a screen inside that large part that's put in the water. Here's a link it's tough to see in the picture, but I just bought this last night. It seems my idea is already in place and being sold, there goes another Million dollar idea, just a little to late...

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Haha bummer. Maybe your invention could be a larger one with a 50ft hose!

Although looking at it gave me an idea. I'm going to try an old water bottle cut in half with holes on the bottom. Then slide it over the siphon tube thing. If it doesn't work oh well just a plastic bottle lol
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Old 02-23-2013, 01:45 PM   #12
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I had a guppy fry that I sucked up and I didn't realize it. Then the poor fry had to live in a bucket of dirty water for two days because I had no clue it was there. However, today that fry is the prettiest fish in my tank!
Maybe it was like a mud bath at a fancy day spa.
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Try rubber banding a nylon stocking over suction end. I do this on my betta fry tanks. Works well. Or pantyhose.
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Try rubber banding a nylon stocking over suction end. I do this on my betta fry tanks. Works well. Or pantyhose.
That's a good idea. Does the flow get restricted at all?

I actually did a test run last weekend with a fish net rubber banded and worked pretty well. The holes were big enough for the poops to go through lol.
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That's a good idea. Does the flow get restricted at all?

I actually did a test run last weekend with a fish net rubber banded and worked pretty well. The holes were big enough for the poops to go through lol.
It probably would if cleaning gravel, but if only doing wc you'd have good flow. You can also stretch the material tighter to increase flow.
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Sounds good ill give it a shot thanks!
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With my aqueon water changer I rubber band a filter media bag around the siphon tube with about 2/3 of the length of the bag still inside the tube. I can safely clean my gravel and it wont suck up any of my baby ghost shrimp that I can never see. When I'm done siphoning I empty the filter bag into a bowl of water and check for any living critters.
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