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Old 04-23-2010, 12:53 AM   #1 
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gravel vacuum

At least thats what I think it's called, anyway how does it work? Like you suck up the gravel then put it back in or put in new gravel??
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Old 04-23-2010, 12:57 AM   #2 
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Basically what it does is create a suction in the tube that helps pick up waste, like fish poo and uneaten food from the gravel...it vaccums the gravel clean. A connecting tube will drain all the crud into a bucket for easy disposal.
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Old 04-23-2010, 01:07 AM   #3 
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The gravel stays inside the tank as well. There should be some sort of screen to prevent gravel from actually going into the tube.
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Old 04-23-2010, 10:12 AM   #4 
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A basic gravel siphon has a length of wide rigid plastic tube that connects to a thinner siphon hose, when flowing it will disturb and lift the gravel, but not far enough to go out the hose.

There are motorized versions, and other types, but they all work by the gravel being heavier than the sediment/dirt.
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Old 04-23-2010, 11:24 AM   #5 
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Is it really worthy/necessary?
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Old 04-23-2010, 01:36 PM   #6 
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If you keep a cycled, filtered tank, it is much easier than trying to scoop up all the mulm with your hand.

I would rather use a vacuum. And PetSMART has a really great Hand Pump version that hardly requires getting your fingers dirty, or your hands wet.
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Old 04-23-2010, 03:03 PM   #7 
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The whole point of the wider end for the siphon is keep the suction from being so great as to suck your gravel out of the aquarium. Have no fear!
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Old 04-23-2010, 03:06 PM   #8 
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Demonstration:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SC6Bh...eature=related

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Old 04-23-2010, 06:55 PM   #9 
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I would say siphons are HIGHLY worthy, and deserve to be praised for a good bunch of us fish keepers. Necessary? I want to say yes, but it wouldn't be technically c orrect.
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I know this is kind of late in the response but is it still worth using the gravel cleaner in an un-filtered tank?? I like to have gravel but it's annoying cleaning it, unless you guys have a suggestion to clean the gravel when I do water changes.
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