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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-09-2012, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy how to trim and vacuum flame or java moss?

I have a 12gl fluval edge tank, it has a small 5"x7" opening. I am growing flame moss as my background. I need to trim it periodically to keep it growing nicely. However it is a pain in the #@$! to remove the flame moss cuttings as they do not rise to the top like hairgrass or stem plants would. I have been looking for some form of powered vacuum hose like the one shown in this planted tank maintenance video (please skip to time 3:10):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npCIT...hannel&list=UL

Anyone here has any idea what this tool is ?? could it be his filter hose intake with an attachment?

I have been searching in MarineDepot and Amazon but no luck.

Seems to work like a charm!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-09-2012, 01:04 AM
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Looks like a draining hose or gravel vacuum. I use mine to vacuum grass blades.

link: http://m.petsmart.com/mt/www.petsmar...uctId=11123493
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If you need more suction get a larger hose. In case you need something faster.... You may also need some sort of one handed valve to prevent draining too much.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-09-2012, 01:12 AM Thread Starter
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No, thats not it. I've tried that gravel vacuum you linked, you need to shake it or pump to start suctioning and it has nowhere near the power of the one in the video and it is also wide, has no attachment so I risk catching my shrimps.
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