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Old 08-07-2013, 01:27 PM   #1 
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Question Gravel Vacuuming?

How do you gravel vacuum? I'm trying to do a divided 3 way 10 gallon, and I'm having troubles. Not to mention the kink. How do I get rid of the stinkin' kink(it's been causing me troubles)? -_-

Any and all help would be appreciated.

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Old 08-07-2013, 03:36 PM   #2 
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Well, what kind of gravel vacuum do you have? It can be difficult in small spaces depending on the gravel vac size. With mine I squeeze the bulb to get it flowing then just stick the tube into the gravel, move it around the tank & it sucks up gunk. Sometimes I swish the water around before I start the gravel vac because that gets things floating & then they're sucked out with the gravel vac. If the tank & bucket (you're using to suck old water into) are the same level or close to the same level you won't have very good suction. I don't know what kink you're talking about, my gravel vac has never kinked. Can you post a pic of what you're talking about? I'm not sure I answered your question.
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:51 PM   #3 
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My gravel vac is the AquaCulture one. It's rather big. The bucket goes on the floor, the tanks set on a wooden bench thing. I'd post pictures but I'm on my DSi, and it can't upload/download things.

As for the kink, it's bent close to the cylinder on the hose. I've tried soaking it in hot water but it didn't do any good. :/
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:58 PM   #4 
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Hmmm, I'm not familiar with that one . . . sorry.
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Old 08-07-2013, 04:10 PM   #5 
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That's okay. I'll just wait for someone else to help. :)
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Old 08-07-2013, 04:16 PM   #6 
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I have the same exact vacuum (from Walmart, I assume?) It has the kink near the cylinder too, but it doesn't seem to cause any problems with water suction when vacuuming my one 5g. I just stick the entire cylinder part into the water at a slight angle and vigorously shake up and down about five times. The suction fills a 2.5g bucket in about 2 minutes.
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Old 08-07-2013, 05:03 PM   #7 
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I'm having problems cause I move it more than five times when vacuuming. I'll try the method where you put your thumb on the end of the hose, and fill the hose with water. There's no way I'm going to use my mouth to start the suction. xP
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There's no way I'm going to use my mouth to start the suction. xP
I have found that to be the best way,it gives the vac great suction and it zooms up any mess very well.The hoses are pretty long on the vacs so there is not much chance of getting a mouth full of fish water.
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Old 08-08-2013, 11:34 AM   #9 
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I get that but it's just so unsanitary... xP
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Old 08-11-2013, 07:32 AM   #10 
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Nah, If you rinse the vac hose each time it's not.
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