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    What do you guys recommend for a cheap gravel vac. I know a lot of you use a python but I only have a 10g tank so I think a regular siphon would be fine for me. Are there any differences between them?
    10g- 5 diamond tetra, 1 oto, 1 albino BN pleco, 1 assassin snail and 2 blue shrimp. Heavily planted tank.

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    What do you guys recommend for a cheap gravel vac. I know a lot of you use a python but I only have a 10g tank so I think a regular siphon would be fine for me. Are there any differences between them?
    You can buy a cheap hand gravel vac that you use with a 5g bucket. Shouldn't cost more than $5-15. For a 10g that should be alright. You can pick a fairly cheap python at walmart. The python itself hooks up to a sink, so you can do away with having to carrying buckets around. For a 10g not really worth getting or making a python.

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    I have 10 gallons and was using a 5 gallon bucket and a regular hand siphon.

    I got my Aqueon Water Changer (like a python) and will never go back! It was $35 at Petsmart for a 25ft. set. My problem with the bucket was that even though it was 10 gallons, and a 5 gallon bucket, if I was doing a large water change I would have to end up making three or more trips from the tank to the sink just to empty the tank. A 5 gallon bucket will only hold 5 gallons if you don't plan to move it. If you move it it has to be not as full.

    My water changer has paid for itself! Now if only it would hook to the kitchen sink! But we have one of those pull-out things so it won't work!

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    So I got the mini top fin siphon and just tried it out. It's a good size but I'm trying to suck up some bigger chunks of dissolved waffer and all I seems to be getting is the fine gravel dust. Any suggestions on how to do this?
    10g- 5 diamond tetra, 1 oto, 1 albino BN pleco, 1 assassin snail and 2 blue shrimp. Heavily planted tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeatherB
    My water changer has paid for itself! Now if only it would hook to the kitchen sink! But we have one of those pull-out things so it won't work!
    Lengthen the hose with a garden hose, and try a bathroom or laundry room sink.

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