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Old 03-05-2013, 12:55 PM   #1 
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Help with gravel vacuum

Hi! I have a quick question. I have a 40 gallon, a 10 gallon, and a 5 gallon tank. But...only one gravel vacuum. Is it all right if I use the same gravel vacuum on all three tanks when cleaning them? Or would this expose disease? Thanks!
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:06 PM   #2 
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I don't use the same gravel vac for my 46g that I do for my 10g & 5.5g tanks just because of location & I use a water changer for my 46g because of its size, I am NOT going to use buckets on the 46g. I do use the same one for all of my other tanks. Can it spread some diseases & parasites yes. All the more reason to QT any newbies & keep your main tank(s) healthy. You may want to keep an extra one on hand in case you have a sick fish.
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:14 PM   #3 
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I have separate siphons for each of my tanks. Is it absolutely necessary? Well, no. But it is practicing good bio-security (along with QTing new fish) and it's something I do recommend if you don't clean your siphon with vinegar or bleach between tanks.
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I only have a separate one for my QT tank, otherwise I use the same siphon for the rest.. except my smallest tank, I siphon that one with airline tubing :)

You can only spread disease if you have disease.. so utilizing a QT tank for new fish and a hospital tank for sick fish can go a long ways to prevent anything spreading. A bleach dip will also disinfect your tank cleaning supplies... and bleach is not nearly as dangerous as some people make it out to be in aquarium use. Once dry anything you bleached will only have salt deposits remaining (if anything), it's not as if you can "reactivate" the bleach by getting it wet again. Dechlorinator could also take care of anything left if you are really worried.
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Old 03-05-2013, 04:29 PM   #5 
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Okay, thanks everyone!
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