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What is the best way to clean my gravel

without having to drain the water? At the local chain store they sell some sort of pump that cleans the gravel, but it's $60. Any suggestions?

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i'll bet the $60 option is a python or similar set-up these are nice to have and very easy to use but you can do just as well with a simple gravel vacume and a bucket- which will be quite a bit cheaper-just do a search on drs.foster&smith or petsmart for a ball park price . . .depends on size- a small gravel vac. will be a few buck a bigger one might be $15 or so

i will say if you have a really big tank save you back and invest in the python type setup

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A gravel vacuum attachment and a few feet of tubing...shove the end into the gravel while water is siphoning into a bucket/sink/etc

my tanks all have sand now, so I just use a regular hose to siphon water out and then attach it to the sink to refill.
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Yeah, I use a gravel vacuum with the tube leading outside to my garden when I do water changes. I have a good bit of funk on my gravel right now, and I can't get it all out with just the regular water changes.

I am looking for a way to clean the gravel without having to drain any water. The pump I saw at Petsmart was a battery powered gadget with some sort of pouch to catch the debris. It didn't remove any water from the tank, just cycled it through this pouch then back into the tank. It's $60, and I didn't know if it was worth the money. Or if ya'll had any other suggestions.

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I guess I would ask why you have so much funk on your gravel, that a water change isnít helping getting rid of it. Are you over feeding or do you have to many fish in the tank? Do you do weekly water changes or at least every two weeks? It would probably help to increase water changes.


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I guess I would ask why you have so much funk on your gravel, that a water change isnít helping getting rid of it. Are you over feeding or do you have to many fish in the tank? Do you do weekly water changes or at least every two weeks? It would probably help to increase water changes.

Basically, life got in the way. My daughter was born a year ago, so my priorities changed for a while. I kept the tank "running," but didn't really take great care of it. Now I'm at a point where I can concentrate more of my time towards this.

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Well life is more important than our tanks. I have left some tanks go for several months because other things are more important. Just keep doing water changes to clear it up. I donít know how thickly planted your tanks are but I plant mine till they burst so when life takes all my time I can ignore them for a month or 2 with no ill effect. Make sure you have a good filter on your tank that helps allot to.


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