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Old 08-20-2010, 01:29 PM   #11 
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What's the diameter on the vac? I have one that's an inch diameter and I use that for all my tanks. It works really well on the small ones.
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Thanks for all the ideas, they are very interesting.

I'm thinking the main problem is not the gravel vac itself, but the tank. The shape of it combined with the fact that I have quite a lot of plants, doesn't give me much room to work with. I can use the gravel vac to lower the water level by about 2 inches. After that, the top of the vac is no longer submerged which doesn't allow for any more water to come out.

I have pipettes that I've been using to put water into test tubes. I tried using one to pick up the poo but it just doesn't work. I may give a turkey baster a try next.

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What's the diameter on the vac? I have one that's an inch diameter and I use that for all my tanks. It works really well on the small ones.
It's about 3/4 of an inch in diameter.
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Old 08-21-2010, 04:18 PM   #13 
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The one I have is this:
http://www.petco.com/product/104980/...t=OnSiteSearch

It doesn't have any problems like that in my Eclipse 5 gallon hex. I can lower the water to half with it. Worth a shot if you can find it at Petco.
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The one I have is this:
Lee's Self-Start Stretch Ultra Gravel Vac at PETCO

It doesn't have any problems like that in my Eclipse 5 gallon hex. I can lower the water to half with it. Worth a shot if you can find it at Petco.
That's the exact one I have. Don't know why I can't get it to work...
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