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Old 03-03-2008, 09:09 AM   #1 
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Gravel Vac Blues

I got one of those self pumping gravel vacs to use to clean the bottom of my tank. It was working great, getting all the nasty stuff off the bottom, except it just went up into the chamber, not actually into the tube and into my dirty water bucket. When I went to take it out, all the nasty stuff went right back into the water. What am I doing wrong?
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Old 03-03-2008, 10:09 AM   #2 
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The only thing I can think of is you are not getting suction to pull it all the way out. When I do my water changes, the water is going fast enough to create a rather strong current in the bucket. Maybe try lowering the height of the bucket to create more suction. Other than that, there might be something clogging the tube.

I am not sure if they make different sizes of them, my LFS carries one size, but it could be the problem also.
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Old 03-03-2008, 05:18 PM   #3 
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I do not have one with its own pump but the one that I have uses a siphon. As has been said, the siphon will work harder if there is a big height difference. For a short time, mine seemed ot almost stop working and only moved the stuff a little way up the tube to have it fall back. When I took it apart to examine things, I found a snail shell stuck in the check valve at the top of the larger diameter tube. I pushed it out with a screw driver and instantly got a properly working cleaner again.
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Old 03-03-2008, 06:28 PM   #4 
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When you finish vaccuming, do you remove the tank end or the bucket end first? Sounds like a trivial matter but if you remove the bucket end first anything left will run back into the tank whereas if you remove the tank end first and quickly tip it so that it sits mroe straight then everything should flow into the bucket.
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It doesn't appear to have much suction going, and it was a pain in the butt to get it going in the first place. I keep the bucket on the floor while I'm doing it. I'll check to see if theres something left in the tube.
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So there was apparently a piece up in the vac that needed to be popped loose before use. It didn't say that in the instructions, but when I did it started to work really well.
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Old 03-06-2008, 03:34 PM   #7 
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So there was apparently a piece up in the vac that needed to be popped loose before use. It didn't say that in the instructions, but when I did it started to work really well.
LOL! Well at least you have it sorted.
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I'm glad it worked out for you. Don't you just love the instructions that come with some things?
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