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Cleaning Eco complete with Python

Sorry if this is the wrong category for this question. Mods feel free to move. Had to create a new username BTW I been out of the planted game long enough that I forgot my password/username and had trouble getting it reset. Anywho! I have Eco complete substrate and had this problem since day 1! I vacuum it with a python and see fish poo literally floating in the water column while huge chunks of gravel fly up the Python in to my sink. The unwanted debri eventually settled back in to the gravel. What are you people using to clean this light weight gravel? Literally it will not suck up the tiniest bit of food or Poo without taking up a pound of gravel and then it likely will only get the gravel. Right now I don't have any plants but looking to rapidly change that and get back in to the game but man this gravel really needs a thorough clean without me having to call a plumber to dig gravel out of my drain! Thanks guys/gals!
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Maybe try getting some window screen at the homer depot and rubberband it around the opening of the siphon tube-- that ought to stop gravel from being sucked up, but small enough to all detritus to be removed. Cheap enough that it would be worth a shot. Good luck.

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Sorry if this is the wrong category for this question. Mods feel free to move. Had to create a new username BTW I been out of the planted game long enough that I forgot my password/username and had trouble getting it reset. Anywho! I have Eco complete substrate and had this problem since day 1! I vacuum it with a python and see fish poo literally floating in the water column while huge chunks of gravel fly up the Python in to my sink. The unwanted debri eventually settled back in to the gravel. What are you people using to clean this light weight gravel? Literally it will not suck up the tiniest bit of food or Poo without taking up a pound of gravel and then it likely will only get the gravel. Right now I don't have any plants but looking to rapidly change that and get back in to the game but man this gravel really needs a thorough clean without me having to call a plumber to dig gravel out of my drain! Thanks guys/gals!

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I use the Aqueon water changer (Python knockoff) and don't have that problem with Eco-Complete. Maybe my water pressure is not as strong as yours, but I pick up the poo and litter without getting the big chunks of eco. It will pick up the "sand size" grains, but I expect that.
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I use the Aqueon water changer (Python knockoff) and don't have that problem with Eco-Complete. Maybe my water pressure is not as strong as yours, but I pick up the poo and litter without getting the big chunks of eco. It will pick up the "sand size" grains, but I expect that.
Same here. I have the aqueon water changer and the amount of eco complete it sucks up is negligible... mostly dust.

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