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  1. #11

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    I had a vacuum system I counldn't even get sand to upflow because the tube diameter was too large on the uptake and the drain pipe is a little small - simple solution for a gravel system: either icrease intake tube size or (easier) restrict outflow tube; better still, I am not draining a vast amount of tank water when I vacuum the substrate and stirring is easier. That said, I added a smaller intake tube just to pull sand up nicely (goes 1/2 to 3/4, allowing sirt to be removed but the sand falls back into place - nice.)
    Knowledge is fun(damental)

    A 75 gal with eight Discus, fake plants, and a lot of wood also with sand substrate. Clean up crew is down to just two Sterba's Corys. Filters: continuous new water flow; canister w/UV, in-tank algae scrubber!! Finally, junked the nitrate removal unit from hell.

    For Fishless cycling:http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640

  2. #12

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    I ended up finding what I was looking for on Ebay, and ordered it. A gravel Vac with a "fish guard". Debris will go in, but not the gravel. I'm not entirely sure why I am having this problem, but several different gravel vac's all have the same problem. Its all my tanks as well, from regular aquarium gravel to a bit larger stones, they get pulled up and block the small opening where the vac connects to the tube.

    Again, I don't use a Python system, or anything like that, and I've played with different heights for the drain bucket from low to high, doesn't make any difference. I am starting to believe I am just a fool with this thing and need a training wheel variety to get around my obvious lack of ability lol.

    I've had my tanks a couple years, and its been going on from the first use til now, making me seriously dread tank cleaning. Hopefully the new one will solve the problem.
    2 10 gallon tanks, 1 20 gallon tank, 1 Fluval Edge, 1 29 gallon tank, and one backyard pond.

  3. #13

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    ٩(̾●̮̮̃̾̃̾)۶ - korith 

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    Not sure if this will help but in the old days we used to use a coke bottle (plastic) bottom cut off. Had a 1/2inch hose vacuum gravel until it boils in bottle then kink hose and it returns to tank. Only Vac part of aquarium at a time since it mixes up the different bacteria levels.

  4. #14

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    ٩(̾●̮̮̃̾̃̾)۶ - korith 

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    If you want a surface vac. I have a battery operated vac by Eheim. Works great and is tall enough so you don't get wet. Eheim 3531

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