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Old 10-12-2013, 01:40 AM   #1
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Sand Siphon Help

I currently have a 75 Gallon tank with Pool Filter Sand. My issue when I Siphon, I feel it doesn't create a powerful enough suction. I'm using the Python Pro Clean Extra Large. I clearly have visible poop on top of the sand and the Siphoning barely picks up the poop. Not sure if the tube is too big but feel its not doing a great job cleaning. Its weird because it doesn't clean that well but it fills the 5 gallon buckets fairly quickly. Any suggestions? Is the water faucet siphon system better? Creates more suction?

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Old 10-13-2013, 12:48 AM   #2
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You are using a gravel vac right?
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Old 10-13-2013, 04:41 PM   #3
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Yes Python PRO CLEAN - EXTRA LARGE (for tanks to 55 Gallons) purchased on Amazon.com
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Old 10-13-2013, 04:51 PM   #4
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If you don't have pretty strong water pressure it won't suction very well. I have poor pressure and to compensate I cut the hose down to probably 8 feet. It helped a lot, but I know this isn't an option for everyone, my tank was just close.

Ok scratch that, thought you was talking about the one that hooked to the faucet.

It could be the level that you have the bucket at?
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Old 10-13-2013, 05:34 PM   #5
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Yes Python PRO CLEAN - EXTRA LARGE (for tanks to 55 Gallons) purchased on Amazon.com
Hmmm. My tubing is only 5 or 6 feet long. I get good suction. Maybe look at the valve or flap in the gravel vac itself see if it's opening all the way.
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Old 10-21-2013, 04:30 PM   #6
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So the resolution to my problem was siphoning without the actual tube. I removed the large Siphon tube and siphoned with the Vinyl tubing and that created a much stronger suction. The bottom of my tank is now spotless. The only downfall is that I do lose a little sand in the process. However at $5 for a 50 lb bag of PFS I can careless.

Hope this helps anyone having the same problem.
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Old 10-22-2013, 12:23 AM   #7
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So the resolution to my problem was siphoning without the actual tube. I removed the large Siphon tube and siphoned with the Vinyl tubing and that created a much stronger suction. The bottom of my tank is now spotless. The only downfall is that I do lose a little sand in the process. However at $5 for a 50 lb bag of PFS I can careless. Hope this helps anyone having the same problem.
Glad you figured it out!!! Yea PFS is pretty cheap, I don't worry about it too much, especially now that I'm slowly starting to switch my substrate.
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What are you switching too?
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Old 10-22-2013, 02:00 AM   #9
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What are you switching too?
I'm slowly switching to Eco complete planted substrate. Looks cool, IMO, with the sand and black substrate though.



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Old 10-22-2013, 09:25 AM   #10
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Cool nice looking tank!
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:08 PM   #11
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Cool nice looking tank!
Thank you!!! Work in progress. Quite a bit of fish in here too believe it or not.
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