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TOM Aquarium Maintenance Mr. Cleaner Battery Operated Gravel Siphon

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  • Battery operated siphon is perfect for siphoning nano tanks
  • Easy flow rate allows for spot cleaning and getting to difficult to reach areas
  • Removes debris without removing valuable aquarium water
  • Reliable and easy-to-use
  • Features easy flow rate
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  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 4 x 2 inches ; 6.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B003OYOPNW
  • Item model number: TM1096
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (312 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,951 in Pet Supplies (See Top 100 in Pet Supplies)
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Product Description

TOM TM1096 Aquarium Maintenance Mr. Cleaner Battery Operated Gravel Siphon. KollerCraft is highly regarded for supplying superior quality, innovative pet products and reliable service. This battery operated siphon is perfect for siphoning nano tanks and other aquariums when you need to remove fish waste and other detritus without removing valuable aquarium water. Easy flow rate allows for spot cleaning and getting to difficult to reach areas

Customer Reviews

Very easy to use and my fish tank stays clean!!
Sandra B. Small
I bought it to clean the bottom of the tank, it won't even pick up fish waste, much less lift the gravel enough to clean it.
Sue Lujan
Unfortunately water somehow leaked into the battery compartment and it stopped working after the first use.
Amy K. Clifton

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

70 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Charan on October 2, 2011
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Hi Guys,

I created a video review of this vacuum, which also addresses its low suction problem. Amazon has pretty useless rules for video reviews, like only 10 mins, only 100mb etc. My video could not fit in those requirements, so I have uploaded it at [youtube . com /watch? v=lDpJ-RBGMQc] (copy paste the link in your browser address bar and delete all the spaces) Or if amazon replaced this link with [..] then just do a google search for "TOM Mr. Cleaner Battery Powered Gravel Vacuum - Video Review". The video will hopefully be the first link.
I took off one star from the review because I had to do a little quick trick to make it work better and its on/off button cap is faulty. Other than that, with the trick I have shown in the video, this would do really perfect job of cleaning your aquarium.

For all those buyers, who are confused about the mixed reviews, I would request them to watch this video, you can actually see the vacuum in action and see how much suction it has got. You can then easily decide whether to buy or not.

Nice purchase for my aquarium, I am happy with it.

Update 18 Jan 2012: I use AA batteries like I've shown in the video. And one full charge of these 2000mAh batteries goes for more than 8 to 10 vacuums of over 10 min each, which I think is really great. And I have upgraded it from 4 star to 5 star as its a great device and I am not bothered by its button as I am used to it now.
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84 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Lady Shmoe on April 17, 2010
I originally had my heart set on the Eheim Quick Vac Pro, which was over $60. I saw this priced at less than a third of the cost and decided to give it a shot. I had to search online for instructions on how to assemble but was surprised that it went together just how I thought - that I should have kept tinkering with it and I would have had it.

This was tested out on a 20 gallon long bare-bottom tank with tons of detritus that my siphon never seemed to remove. At first, the thing takes a little help to get suction. I had to tilt it over into the water right up to the "Water Line" indication. Once I had the water level to where it had suction, I began to move the gravel washer head around. It seemed to pick up better when the detritus was already afloat - not laying on the bottom of the tank.

I was not too terribly impressed with the suction UNTIL I removed the gravel washer head. It is totally unnecessary and decreases the efficiency of this vacuum. I had to stop to rinse the net out twice, and to fiddle with the impeller to remove dead snail shells. (puffer tank) To avoid pulling things into the impeller I placed a brine shrimp net over the intake pipe. This also helped me "steer" the intake pipe around the tank because the vacuum is a little oddly balanced.

Be aware that this does not put the water back into the tank internally. Water is pulled up through the pipe, towards the impeller, and into the waste collection net, then back into the tank on the OUTSIDE of the pipe it just went up. You will have to pay attention so that you don't move the vacuum too close to the edge of your tank thus holding the collection net over the edge of your tank and siphoning sediment free water onto your floor.

****mine came with an algae scraper head, which I have yet to use
****mine came with a hose adapter, for use in siphoning water, which I have not used

In summary - for $16 this product did great (without the gravel washer head)
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By vbchic on July 20, 2011
Putting it together was easy, albeit there were no directions other than a diagram on the back of the package, but it is very obvious from looking at the picture how to put it together. There was one thing the diagram doesn't mention, and that is this: there is a small black piece that is on top of the piece where you have to put the piece with the little "sock" on it. The piece with the "sock" will NOT go on if you don't take off the little black piece first. I believe that was the issue that one of the reviewers here had and ended up breaking it trying to get the sock piece on without taking off the black piece first. So just make sure you remove the black piece and it will be as easy as eating pie. :)

Also, at first I thought it didn't work because it wasn't creating any suction. I read a few reviews here and saw a mention to tip it to help create suction. As I went back to try it again, I noticed it has a "water line" on it and the water was not reaching that line, hence no suction could be created. When I put it into the tank again and angled it so it was under the water at the water line, the suction started up no problem. So if you are having issues, just make sure you have enough water and angle it until the unit has water up to the water line and it will work like a charm! Also, once it has suction it will keep suction until water reaches the portion on the gravel foot where air can get under it or until you lift it up to the point where air gets in there. It has REALLY good suction, and I even moved it around in the water to suck up old food particles still hanging around. It took care of them very easily as well.

I used this for cleaning the gravel at the bottom of my 30 gallon tank and IT WORKED WONDERFULLY.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 29, 2011
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This vacuum is the best thing since sliced bread. It goes together easily, has great pick-up suction, the tubing is long enough to reach the back corners of a 20 inch tall tank and does not lose power. The on/off switch at the top if convenent and easy to get to. I have dropped the entire vaccum in the tank, dried off the batteries and continued cleaning.

The only issue this vacuum has is the "sock" for catching debris. I replaced that with a knee-high nylon, you know the womens sock for pants and dress shoes, held it on with a rubber band and clean without debris that someone else complained of.

This vacuum makes tank maintenance so easy and I tend to "tidy up" almost daily. Thank you Tom Aquarium Supply and give a raise to whoever came up with this idea.
Kathryn
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