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Old 03-27-2012, 04:14 PM   #1 
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Substrate cleaning question!

Hello, everyone! I bought my betta little irresponsibly, but within two weeks of buying him, he had a 3 gallon heated, filtered palace with adequate water changes. However, substrate cleaning never popped into my mind!

What I've been doing is using just a bit of small tubing every few days and getting out a lot of the crud, because I don't have anything more powerful to use. Is that adequate or do I need to go buy something more efficient? Thank you so much!
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Old 03-27-2012, 04:44 PM   #2 
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Welcome to the forum and betta-keeping! You sound like you are off to a great start!!

I've use a turkey baster to spot clean small tanks before. It works very well for getting up poop balls and isn't very invasive at all. A lot of us use gravel vacuums which can be commonly found at most pet stores. I would get a smaller one. The larger ones can drain a small tank in a matter of minutes. They can also suck up small fish! Something like this Top FinŽ Aquarium Gravel Vacuum - Aquarium Maintenance - Fish - PetSmart would work great.

We use it at water change time to suck out the yuckies in the substrate and change water.
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Old 03-27-2012, 04:57 PM   #3 
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I think I have the smallest top fin gravel vacuum, and it barely picks up old food or poo, or hornwort leaves which I have quite a lot of. Also if you don't keep it at a 45 degree angle it starts to lose suction very fast. I'm in desperate need of a new one (it did only cost me $3 lol). I'd say get a slightly larger one..
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Old 03-27-2012, 05:08 PM   #4 
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Haha! I must have some really old siphons. It looks like they have changed since I bought mine. It was the smallest available at the time and still drains pretty fast. I've also got a huge python water vac that can hold about 5 gallons of water in the tube alone.

And as always, check on the return/exchange policy!
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Lucky. So many aquarium products just seem so cheap and poorly made these days. I've heard most Fluval brand products work pretty decent, though they cost slightly more.
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Old 03-28-2012, 02:10 AM   #6 
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You can also make your own gravel vacuum, if you are feeling creative, using a bit of siphon hose and a soda bottle.
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