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Old 04-10-2006, 07:49 AM   #1
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Best Gravel Vacuum

Hi .. I am looking to buy a gravel vac for my planted tank ... Height: 46 cms (18 inches)

What would the best option be for this purpose?

I've seen this one mentioned on the boards before .. would this be the best one to go for?

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2004+113164

Any help appreciated .. Thanks.
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Old 04-10-2006, 08:07 AM   #2
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how about this.

Its the off brand of the python..

It takes the water to the sink for you.. saves alot of labor..

how long a hose you need depends on how far away you are from a sink..
and IME the brass adaptor for your sink is a must have (the plastic one is rinky dink IMHO)
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Old 04-11-2006, 06:44 AM   #3
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thanks greenmaji.

Any other suggestins from anyone?
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Old 04-11-2006, 10:13 AM   #4
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I own a python........it's one of the best things I've ever bought for this hobby.

But the knockoff that greenmaji links to is probably just as good.

Maybe the only advantage to the python would be ease of finding replacement parts.
My LFS carries them..........but I would only buy it from them in a pinch......to much of a markup.
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I only use a python knock-off to refill my 75 gallon tank. I still drain into 5gallon buckets and dump it on my garden plants and trees/bushes around the house.

the siphon on a python is not as strong as a plain gravel vac.


how large is your tank? if its a 20gal, get a medium size vac, and some buckets.
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My tank is a 120 litres ( approx 31 gallons, I think)
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I have a standard 55gal tank and the siphon generated by the Python is way more than enough to lift gravel all the way to the top (not that I want that to happen).
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Ya Malkore.........I'd have to strongly agree with TrickyTerp.

My python works better than any other gravel vac or gravity powered siphon I've ever used.
It's powered by your tap........so u can even regulate the suction.

lol are you using the upstairs faucet to power it?
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I got my python yesterday , its awsome, completly worth the $25.

Malkore is right IMHO, the suction is not as strong but it dosn't get cloged like a regular siphon. My drains also drain slowly so I cant run it on full strength for long.
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I use the python as a regular sphon when draining the tank and eithe let it go in the tub or out the window then attatch it to the sink for fillingup. With this method you get just as much suction as a regular gravel vac.
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