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Old 09-04-2010, 10:38 PM   #1 
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Is a gravel siphon hose really needed to clean out a tank? I seen sites that say yes, but they are usually selling, so they want you to buy one. But are they a must have for aquarium cleaning? I don't know, but would really appreciate any help or knowledge anyone can add to this thread. please reply if you know anything about it. PLEASE.
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Old 09-04-2010, 10:49 PM   #2 
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Old 09-04-2010, 11:05 PM   #3 
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Well when I first started out I used a cup to dip out the water. How big is your tank? Is it small enough that you're going to have to do 100% water changes? For my one gallon tank I just dip out water for my fish to chill in while its being cleaned then I take it over to the sink and run hot water in the tank and stir it up with my hands. Then I drain it and put the treated water in it,
I think the gravel vac is just more convenient and it does clean your gravel well. Maybe if you don't have the funds to buy one right away you could use a turkey baster- you know stir up the gravel with the tip and the suck up all of the gunk. A little ghetto but I think that could be a temp solution.
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Old 09-04-2010, 11:19 PM   #4 
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It is best for cycled larger tanks (I would say 5 gallons and up) as you dont want to do 100% water changes and mess up your Nitrogen Cycle. It is pretty amazing at sucking up all the fish poo from gravel. I got mine from walmart for $9. Stirring the gravel and then cupping the water does work somewhat but not as well as a gravel vac. Been there, done that. Cupping out all the water from my 10 gal would take forever lol. With a gravel vac and a bucket it takes maybe 5 minutes.

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I have the 1.5 gal but am ordering the Hawkeye from Wal-Mart today or tomorrow. I currently just scoop all the water out, put it in my tub and stir the gravel, then add water and dump it out. Thank you for replying.
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Old 09-05-2010, 11:06 AM   #6 
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I use the hoses (I have a couple different sizes) on ALL my tanks. Makes cleaning go faster and they help get a lot of the gunk out of the gravel.

So, while it's not a 100% "MUST HAVE" it sure is a ton more convenient, IMO.
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Old 09-05-2010, 12:20 PM   #7 
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okay that is a great help. thanks to all who replyed.
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