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Old 04-09-2009, 08:30 PM   #1 
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Question gravel vacs

So it's getting to be kind of a pain doing partial water changes on my uncycled 4 gallon tank. Right now, I have been dipping the water out of it with a gladware container and pouring it into a bucket. I have been picking up debris with a turkey baster. I have glass gems in the bottom of the tank. Would a gravel vac siphon out the water and do it better than the method I'm using now and will a gravel vac do ok with glass gems? If so, what would be a good gravel vac for a small tank that wouldn't cost me an arm and a leg? Thanks!
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Old 04-09-2009, 08:42 PM   #2 
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There's a variety of gravel vacs at Petsmart that you could choose from if you have one handy that come in various sizes. Choose one where the glass gems can be sucked up into the wide part at the bottom, but will not fit into the tubing that you run to your water bucket. Take a stone with you if you aren't sure, or just grab one of those bags they have at the store and check with that.
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Old 04-09-2009, 08:59 PM   #3 
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I have one of the smaller gravel vacs & one of the larger ones,

My smaller ones has a blockage in it to prevent anything from getting sucked up into the actually small tubing,

The problem I found with small light weight gems was they oft times slowed the flow down to a trickle,
Got to be rather frustrating to the point I ended up removing most all the gems from my tanks..

As you say it gets tiring having to hand scoop all that water out,
I found it worked good down to a 2 1/2 gallon size tank,,,

Was more hassel then it was worth for anything smaller, So I still hand scoop out the water from all my two gallons and under..

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Old 04-09-2009, 09:34 PM   #4 
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Should I go with gravel for my tank, then, instead of gems?
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Old 04-10-2009, 06:19 AM   #5 
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You could always buy a small vac and try it with your gems,
Maybe your gems are different then the ones I have and perhaps you'll have better luck then me,
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Old 04-10-2009, 06:28 AM   #6 
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I have found a gravel vac with a hand pump to work better on my smaller tanks.
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Old 04-10-2009, 06:35 AM   #7 
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I have saw the hand pump thingy and thought about it, But wasn't sure how good it was, Maybe I'll have to look into getting one of those and attaching it to my hose, Sure would beat having to run to the sink to re start it each time...
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Old 04-10-2009, 07:56 AM   #8 
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I think a gravel vac would work ok. They aren't that expensive. Only a few dollars.
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Old 04-10-2009, 08:14 AM   #9 
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My glass gems are about the size of a penny.
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Here's a picture of the gems I had a problem with, I threw in a penny for size comparison, if that helps.

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