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Aqueon 06226 Mini Siphon Vacuum Aquarium Gravel Cleaner, 5-Inch
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- Perfect for quick water changes
- Self-priming, using up and down motion, to start water flow
- Efficiently separates debris from gravel
- Includes a clip for attaching the drain hose to the inside of a bucket
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Maintenance is a necessary part of a good aquarium keeping. Routine water changes and pulling debris from gravel helps maintain a natural balance in the aquarium environment. Aqueon Siphon Vac gravel cleaners can help to make this job easier and take less time.
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DirectionsAqueon Siphon Vacuum Aquarium Gravel Cleaner is the ultimate tool for maintaining your fish's aquarium. By pulling debris from the gravel and keeping the water fresh, this vacuum works to maintain a natural balance that is ideal for your fish's environment. This pump is perfect for removing debris from flowing water and is ideal for quick water changes. The Aqueon Siphon Vacuum Aquarium Gravel Cleaner with Bulb is self-priming, meaning that it uses a simple up and down motion to control the flow of water. This product includes a 5-foot-long hose to clean aquariums between 5 and 20 gallons- but a smaller version is also available for tanks between 20 and 55 gallons. This siphon vacuum is the ideal cleaning solution for your aquarium, so order now! Key Features: Self-priming intake tube pumps water quickly and easily Includes 5 ft. flexible hose Ideal for tanks between 5 and 20 gallons
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|Item Dimensions||13.7 x 5.5 x 1.5 in||1.38 x 4.75 x 10.38 in||4 x 11 x 1 in||4 x 15 x 1 in||1.5 x 5.5 x 14 in||19.3 x 9 x 4 in|
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While this item is convenient, I don't think it saves me any time over just emptying the tank, rinsing the gravel with some tank water via a strainer, and then putting everything back together.
Ultimately I think this is a decent product, but it did not save me the time I was expecting it to. If I had a larger tank (5-10 gallons) it would probably be more useful.
-Strong suction, can empty my tank in under a few minutes if I'm not careful
-Does a great job of separating the debris/waste from the gravel
-Pretty easy to use
-You will suck up some gravel with this, not much, but be prepared for that
-The "up and down" motion required to start the suction takes some practice to get perfect.
-The suction is so strong I feel it's best to remove my fish from the tank while using this.
-Like others have stated, the plastic tubing stays bent from the way this is packaged. I am sure it will straighten out over time, but it's difficulty to work with at first and requires that you constantly straighten the tube to keep the flow going.
The method of starting the suction is a little tricky, and something that I don't always get right. Trying to bob the suction head in the water can disturb your decorations, plants, and freak your fish out so I in turn purchased a primer bulb to get the suction flowing and then remove it once it has started. It's a little extra hassle at first but at this point it's so much preferred. There's one thing that I refuse to do, like some do, and that is to get the suction going initially by using your mouth.
Just remember that the tube has to be pointing down in your bucket and has to be lower than where your tank is for your best chance of getting suction to start. Quality of the tubing is nice and the bucket lip attachment for the hose is an awesome addition.
If you're curious about adding the primer pump search Ebay for "NEW TYPE Fuel Pump Hand Primer Bulb All Fuels 8 mm Length 150MM 9001080A" It does come from China so it'll take a while but really good quality and cheap. I just stick it to the bottom of the hose, pump it to get started, and then remove it for unrestricted water flow. Alternatively you could cut your hose in the middle and insert the pump that way.
As I vacuum weekly with a water change, my gravel is in good shape, used more for the water change. No problems, no complaints. I needed to trim the hose, again, worked like a charm the tank site about 2 feet from the ground.
Used the Medium size for larger tanks never had any problems, I have been doing this for a while so my expectations of this type of device are set correctly. I manually start the syphon, entire cleaning done in minutes more interested in the size so I can fit it and my hand under the shelf the tank is sitting under.
Either I am not that experienced or I just keep it simple, the tanks are all clear and the fish and plants are doing great, so I believe these do the trick at a very low cost.
Would recommend for a small space/tank