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Old 11-04-2010, 04:47 PM   #1
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Gravel siphon hand pump

I'm pretty sure most of the people here already have a good system for gravel vacuuming, but I thought I might as well share this. I didn't know this thing existed until earlier while walking through my favorite LFS.

Squeeze

I think it is amazing. It worked immediately. Only probably I had was I accidentally grabbed one of my ghost shrimp and he was difficult to get out...

Anyway, if you have just the self-starting siphon, get this bulb to go along with it. It's basically the same thing you use with pipettes (sorry, nerd moment).
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Old 11-04-2010, 05:51 PM   #2
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That is amazing. I don't mind siphoning my gravel but it is quite annoying when you accidentally get some water out so it doesn't work and you have to re-fill it...I'm still trying to figure out exactly how the squeeze things works but it sounds like a good idea
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Old 11-04-2010, 06:05 PM   #3
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It's most likely just a pair of one-way valves. Pretty simple in design, but effective. They use things like that on boat gas tanks for outboard motors.
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Old 11-04-2010, 09:09 PM   #4
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Yea, that's what it is, like a pipette balloon, but with two valves instead of one.
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Old 11-14-2010, 04:21 PM   #5
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I did buy this several months ago but couldn't figure out how to get it to work. Does the hand pump have to be attached in the middle of the line? I had mine right before the bucket but couldn't get the siphon going properly.
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I have the pump attached to the end of the tubing, so the water goes through it last before it goes into the bucket. I just squeezed it like 2-3 times and it would suck the water out. I'm not sure what problem you are having. Explain more, maybe?
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Old 11-14-2010, 08:57 PM   #7
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problably nut sucking enough water or it maybe sucking air.
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Old 11-14-2010, 08:58 PM   #8
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Probably. Just curious what she/he was doing.
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I don't know why I can't get it to work. I have tried with the vacumm attachment and just the open end of the tube inside the tank. 20 squeezes later, nothing happens.

Inside the handpump is just a small white ball. Am I missing another piece?
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Have you tried putting the siphon tube in with the hose unattached, letting it fill up, and then reattaching the hose? Then you just pump it up and down a couple times to get the water flowing. That's what I just figured out works better for me 2 weeks ago.
When you shake it up and down, do you hear the ball moving? If not, that is most likely the problem.
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