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Old 02-16-2011, 03:06 PM   #11 
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I use my mouth.

I haven't been able to get it started any other way, of course, I just have the airline tubing( i find it much easier to hover over the sand to pick stuff up without taking all the sand with it.) I always clean the tubing and I have never had any of the watr get in my mouth. I'm a girl.
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Old 02-16-2011, 04:25 PM   #12 
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I use my mouth, but I sure dont like..suck on it lol! Mine is a pump up and down in the tank to get it going one, but it wrecks my plant set up, so I put my fist over the waste end and keep a small hole open for the air to still come in from.
It never goes too close to my mouth lol XD <3
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Old 02-16-2011, 05:03 PM   #13 
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According to the packaging on mine you shake it in the water and it magically pumps. But..nope. I fill up the cylinder with enough water to fill the whole tube and before it trickles out of the other end, I stick the cylinder back in the water. It usually takes me five minutes to get it going, mostly because Dory tries to shove his silly head into it every time I put the cylinder back in the water.
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:59 AM   #14 
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When doing small 2gal tanks down to betta bowls I use a gatoraid bottle of the appropriate size for the water change and then stick the hose down in it and use my mouth to pull air from the bottle. It goes right into the bottle and you can wash it with soap when done for next use! This would be difficult in situations such as a 55gallon yes, but its dead handy and clean in a gallon or three. To stop siphon simply hold the bottle up beside the tank!

Also, Ace hardware carries a plastic siphon pump with half inch in and outs on it, you can cut the in and out pipes and wedge it over the hose for an actual siphon vac and stick the out-hose onto the out, tada!
I commonly use this for non gravel changes by sticking it in the back of my power filter and simply siphoning out into a kerosene jug I use only for aquarium waste water. a 2g+8 because it matches how much water I can carry without spilling in my fill bucket XD

With a baby sock and a twist tie and a funnel you can make that siphon pump into a serviceable sweeper... on occasion I use it to move small gravel and rocks around the tank by water force alone and I also use it to "till" rock with the output when I'm grinding mulm off thin bottoms.

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