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Old 08-23-2012, 04:26 AM   #1
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DIY micro gravel vaccuum


Well my nerites poop up a storm and occasionally there's just some little stuff that needs sucked out. The usual gravel vacs are a pain to prime, can't get to tight spots and on a 10 gallon they're too quick to fill my half gallon containers at work so I got an old dried up hilighter and gutted it, cleaned it very thoroughly and connected it to some hose larger than airline size. Works like a charm since the hilighter is already the perfect shape and I figured it may be helpful for you nano tank guys too. I'll post some pics in the morning


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Old 08-23-2012, 06:59 AM   #2
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A turkey baster works well too in a nano tank.
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:06 PM   #3
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Well my nerites poop up a storm and occasionally there's just some little stuff that needs sucked out. The usual gravel vacs are a pain to prime, can't get to tight spots and on a 10 gallon they're too quick to fill my half gallon containers at work so I got an old dried up hilighter and gutted it, cleaned it very thoroughly and connected it to some hose larger than airline size. Works like a charm since the hilighter is already the perfect shape and I figured it may be helpful for you nano tank guys too. I'll post some pics in the morning

nice job! I ended up using a bamboo skewer and zip tied it to a piece of airline hose lol

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Old 08-23-2012, 12:09 PM   #4
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i need to look in the junk drawers to see if i have some hilighters laying around
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I like it! Great idea. Thanks for posting it!
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i just like taking big ideas and making them small...i guess that would explain much of my fascination with the planted aquarium glad you like the idea. it certainly is a much cooler use of hilighters in my opinion. if it helps, the ones i'm using are hi-liter "the original brand"
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:25 AM   #7
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http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...4&pcatid=23954

I have all 3 sizes, and the littlest one is great for tanks up to 10 gallons.
It looks about the same size as your DIY version.

Starting the siphon is a bit of a problem, the little one does not start by shaking it up and down. I usually pre-fill the tube.
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Old 08-24-2012, 01:16 PM   #8
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oh yeah, that's definitely about the same size. i normally just "manually" prime it about halfway down the hose and let gravity do the rest
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