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Old 02-17-2011, 12:02 AM   #1 
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How do you guys clean gravel?

Gravel's always a hassle for me to clean so I thought I'd ask on here to see what your technique is. Have you found a method that's very quick and easy?
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:17 AM   #2 
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Gravel vacuum. Easily one of the best $15 I've spent.
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:39 AM   #3 
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I started a thread on here last night...

about peoples methods of starting a gravel vac. http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=62843
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:43 AM   #4 
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Oh wow! I haven't heard of those before (still pretty new here). From what I've seen they sound great. So you can just leave the gravel in the tank all the time then, right? I'd imagine it would be good to take it out and thoroughly clean it every once in a while, but still. Which one did you get? Is it worth it to get a battery powered one (will it clean the gravel better, instead of just for water changes)?

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Old 02-17-2011, 12:56 AM   #5 
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Gravel vacuum. Easily one of the best $15 I've spent.

I paid $54 but that's a full Eheim unit, i hate those little baggies.
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I would go for that one, but I don't want to spend more for a gravel vac than I did for my whole setup hah
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:38 AM   #7 
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I added a post in the other thread as well, lots of info (as usual)

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Old 02-17-2011, 01:50 AM   #8 
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I paid $54 but that's a full Eheim unit, i hate those little baggies.
Wow!

Mine was a Marina/Hagen branded one. After taxes, I think it was something like $17 for mine.



Package looks like this:
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:59 AM   #9 
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Airplane, would you recommend the one you have?
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They're all pretty much the same I imagine. I got one from walmart for $8. Works great. Keep in mind that gravel vacs are for cycled/filtered tanks. In small unfiltered tanks when you do 100% WC's you need to take out the gravel and rinse it thoroughly.
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