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Old 09-24-2012, 12:03 AM   #11 
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Oh I love mine. It's a pump one so I never have to suck on it and the tube is long enough to be put in the sink in the kitchen for easier draining. :)
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:03 AM   #12 
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I use one for my bigger tanks at home. It is the easiest way to clean a gravel tank. Also in my big tank, the occupant bites, so that is the only safe way to clean his tank. In my small tank, I'll probably use a large syringe or baster to clean the gravel. My big siphon has a hand pump on it. I never have to suck on it to get it started. Don't think I'd want to drink their water, not that thirsty yet!
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:29 AM   #13 
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Ive got one of those pump kind but never could figure out how to get it started like that. I just fill it up wi5h water and start it. Does a fine job indeed.
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:07 PM   #14 
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I had one of those python changers that hook up to the faucet, but it is a pain in the butt to use. It's ok for refilling, but slow to drain. I'll stick with my siphon and buckets. I do wish my window were closer to the 75, but I would have algae problems if I did that. I would just stick the hose out the window and forget the buckets. Fish rooms need to to be designed with a drain in the floor.
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:16 PM   #15 
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I would just stick the hose out the window and forget the buckets.
That would be perfect, from the tank to the garden!
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:41 PM   #16 
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I love my siphon with the pump but I learned a lesson the hard way this weekend....make sure there is nothing that is small enough to get sucked up but big enough to get stuck in the bulb! I sucked up a baby moss ball and it got stuck inside of the bulb. I had to find a very long straw and push it through to force the moss ball out. It was a real struggle. The moss ball ended up getting shredded.

I also think it's harder to start a siphon on the smaller tanks. They are usually not deep enough to fully submerge the gravel vac and that makes it harder to start.
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Old 09-24-2012, 04:06 PM   #17 
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It never got the gravel all the way clean, so I switched over to sand
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Old 09-24-2012, 04:31 PM   #18 
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I love gravel vacuums!!!!!
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Old 09-24-2012, 04:58 PM   #19 
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It never got the gravel all the way clean, so I switched over to sand
You're not supposed to actually, that's where a lot of the BB lives.
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:33 PM   #20 
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LOL! You all have a good sense of humor......I just ordered mine and it will arrive this week. I thought I would have a nice glass of red wine before I started sucking on the end......maybe I will not notice the fish gunk.
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