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Old 09-21-2012, 04:48 PM   #1 
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Best way to clean gravel without removing it or the fish?

When I do water changes in my 3 gallon tank, I always have the problem of cleaning the poop out of the bottom of the tank ): I have no gravel vacuums (as nowhere around me really sells one small enough, and even though I considered a turkey baster, I'm not sure if that would be safe.

I just want an easy way to clean my gravel without stressing the fish. Is the turkey baster safe, or no?
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:50 PM   #2 
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Is your tank cycled?
(youre probably wondering why im asking but i will explain after u answers xD)
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:52 PM   #3 
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Is your tank cycled?
(youre probably wondering why im asking but i will explain after u answers xD)
Yeah, it is. I just want to clean what's visible for sake of just keeping it looking clean XD
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:54 PM   #4 
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Yeah, it is. I just want to clean what's visible for sake of just keeping it looking clean XD
Okay. yes you can use a turkey baster, it is safe to do. Have you tried looking for siphons online? im not sure of one the right size for your tank but maybe someone will come along and reccomend one available online... :/
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:59 PM   #5 
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Okay. yes you can use a turkey baster, it is safe to do. Have you tried looking for siphons online? im not sure of one the right size for your tank but maybe someone will come along and reccomend one available online... :/
Not really, no. I always thought the smallest size would be 10 gallons ^^;
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Old 09-21-2012, 05:04 PM   #6 
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I don't remember if it was petmsart or petco, but I got a small, 6-inch siphon for around $9 dollars. The suction part itself is 6-inches, I mean. The length of the tubing is roughly 2 1/2 feet :3

Would something like that be small enough? I'll try to find my reciept to find out for sure~
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Old 09-21-2012, 05:12 PM   #7 
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I don't remember if it was petmsart or petco, but I got a small, 6-inch siphon for around $9 dollars. The suction part itself is 6-inches, I mean. The length of the tubing is roughly 2 1/2 feet :3

Would something like that be small enough? I'll try to find my reciept to find out for sure~
I'd imagine that would be small enough, that's about two inches short from my tank's top so it probably is perfect :D Just gotta wait until next pay for it then. Thank you for the help :D
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Old 09-21-2012, 05:37 PM   #8 
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I saw this the other day and thought it would be good for smaller tanks:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Make...your-Aquarium/
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:15 PM   #9 
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I use the one from petsmart. I think its top fin. Comes with starter bulb and the tube is pretty small. If your daring you could try this [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGqfdMw2POA]Maglife Betta Bowl Siphon for any Betta Tank with NitraStrate.MOV - YouTube[/ame] I would just try and build that using a soda bottle as the suction starter. lol
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:42 PM   #10 
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I use this one for my 3gal and my 5 gal tanks..and It works great, no bulb..but I learned how to start it without drinking water..lol It's about 8-10$

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