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Top Fin Gravel Vac
Reviews Views Date of last review
5 4583 Mon April 30, 2012
Recommended By Average Price Average Rating
100% of reviewers $4.00 6.6

 

Description:
Separates debris from gravel when making routine water changes. Self-starting siphon action for easier cleaning. Made exclusively for PetSmart.
Keywords: top fin gravel vac

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Registered: March 2008
Location: Annapolis Maryland
Posts: 11464
Review Date: Mon December 29, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $4.00 | Rating: 5 

 
Positive aspects of the product (pros): Cheap
Cons: Not the most user friendly

 
I use the smallest variety on small tanks. Thats about all they are good for IMO due to the very slow flow-rate. These are a little more a pain to start than other types.

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Red

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Registered: March 2008
Posts: 12427
Review Date: Tue December 30, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Positive aspects of the product (pros): Cheap easy to get
Cons: a pain..

 
You get what you pay for....
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AmazingH

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Registered: October 2008
Location: Canada
Posts: 351
Review Date: Fri January 2, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6 

 
Positive aspects of the product (pros): Inexpensive
Cons: Small, cheaply built

 
It's fine for smaller tanks if you just want to remove debris from the gravel without taking out too much water.. it's too small to really remove alot of water quickly.

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funkman262

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Registered: July 2010
Location: Tampa, Florida
Posts: 1136
Review Date: Thu November 11, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Positive aspects of the product (pros): Price, ease of use
Cons: None

 
It's easy to clean gravel with using the attachment but after switching to a planted tank with sand, I removed the attachment and use the hose for siphoning off of the sand when occasionally needed and used the attachment for a DIY CO2 reactor.

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pjoo1120

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Registered: February 2012
Location: Colorado Springs
Posts: 206
Review Date: Mon April 30, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Positive aspects of the product (pros): Cheap, simple function
Cons: Hose doesn't straighten out easily, can make mess

 
Can't beat it for the price if you have a smaller tank. Provides good suction and gets out a lot of debris. Only takes a few pumps to get it started.

If you store the hose coiled up (as I imagine most do due to space limitations) it stays coiled and you have to fight with it to stay straight at the outlet. Doesn't drain out well after you are done with it, so you can spill water everywhere if you aren't careful with it while moving it around. Clip is included and somewhat helpful for use on a bucket or pail, but the hole is too large for the tube, so the aforementioned coiled tube still moves around somewhat freely.
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