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Old 07-18-2011, 07:56 PM   #1
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Having a hard time using my Gravel Vacuum Cleaner, any help?

Hi Everyone!
I finally found a LFS in my country that had a gravel vacuum cleaner, phew Im so happy ! No more damage to my back when I wash the gravel lol!
Anyways I got it today and was about to do the weekly water change, but Im really having a hard time with it ( the pet store owner just got it from outside the country and he didn't know how to use it either ), ive watched several videos but none of the methods seem to work ... Can someone explain it to me? Im posting a picture of it . What does the blue thing do? And how do I use it ?
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Old 07-18-2011, 07:58 PM   #2
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It looks like the blue thing sucks water in order to create a syphon, try squeezing that a few times when the nozzle is under water
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:09 PM   #3
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It looks like the blue thing sucks water in order to create a syphon, try squeezing that a few times when the nozzle is under water
I tried that but it will only make noise and the water wont come...
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Did you put the bigger end in the water? Does the bigger end have anything to screw onto it?
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:23 PM   #5
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That is the craziest vacuum i have ever seen. With mine i just dip the big part in the water so it fills up, then i let some of the water drain back into the tube and put the big end back in the water when it's half drained so it makes a vacuum. hope that helps.
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:49 PM   #6
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It looks like the blue thing sucks water in order to create a syphon, try squeezing that a few times when the nozzle is under water
Fishkeeper is right I have the same one, that's like the standard syphon over here in the uk, put the big nozzle under the water then give the blue thing a few squeezes, u should be able to see the water rise up the tube when it gets to the bend give it a few more squeezes and the water should start pouring out the other end, the suction it creates allows u to pick up all the poop and left over food on the gravel with the big nozzle, just make sure you got a bucket to catch the water lol, hope this helps.
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:06 PM   #7
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I have to agree with the other posts, that pumping the blue part should be able to bring the water up. On mine however, I just put the end in the tank and suck through the other end to get the water started. I read somewhere that you can also use a plastic turkey baster? Never tried it though.
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Thanks for the replies guys!
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Fishkeeper is right I have the same one, that's like the standard syphon over here in the uk, put the big nozzle under the water then give the blue thing a few squeezes, u should be able to see the water rise up the tube when it gets to the bend give it a few more squeezes and the water should start pouring out the other end, the suction it creates allows u to pick up all the poop and left over food on the gravel with the big nozzle, just make sure you got a bucket to catch the water lol, hope this helps.
Yeah, the blue thing is squizable, I thought it was hard... Anyways, I think that the siphon has a small cut just above the blue thing, cause when I was using it yesterday I saw water drops falling in the bucket from that area ...
Hopefully, I can get another one... Thanks a lot anyways !
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Thanks for the replies guys!

Yeah, the blue thing is squizable, I thought it was hard... Anyways, I think that the siphon has a small cut just above the blue thing, cause when I was using it yesterday I saw water drops falling in the bucket from that area ...
Hopefully, I can get another one... Thanks a lot anyways !
I had the same problem with mine, I just taped over the split in the pipe, it still worked for a few weeks til I could get a new one, worth a try
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I had the same problem with mine, I just taped over the split in the pipe, it still worked for a few weeks til I could get a new one, worth a try
Oh I get it .
What did you use to tape your split?
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