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Today was the first day I used my tom's aquatic vacuum on my now fully planted 2.25 gallon vase. It didn't work well. Didn't get a lot of debris up and I accidentally got the little sock outside the bowl once and got water on the table. The batteries, which are pretty new, may have needed to be changed. When I used this on the bowl when only partially planted, I thought it worked quite well. I change the water with a dixie cup to a milk jug. Takes two minutes. My question is: Am I going to have a problem using the vacuum now that there are so many more plants, etc.? Should I go the airline tube siphon route? Anyone's thoughts or experiences, esp. with the vacuum at such smaller sizes would be appreciated as the other vacuum works great on the 5 gallon with 3.5 gallons of water in it. If you suggest airline tubing, how would I do that? I only have one horned nerite in there now, so livestock is not much of a factor. After it gets done helping me clean up, I may go straight to just a planted tank. Or may do a few shrimip. Happily undecided right now.
 

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I use airline tubing on my vase, even though it takes forever to drain the vase halfway. It keep the substrate nice and undisturbed, you can snake it around plants, and unless you leave it sitting on the bottom on the tank and go wander off for a half hour, there's no danger of draining too much water. The downside is it's slow, and you have to start the syphon...I end up using my mouth since I don't have a fancy-shmancy syphon starter.
Still, cheap, easy, no danger of hurting anything...it's worth it!
Hey, you're back from spring break!!
 

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lol nah, still on spring break, but just chilling at home from school. Is it sad I'd rather be at school and playing with my tanks?
In one word: no.
Thanks guys. The rake and straw suggestions were particularly interesting. I will be trying the air line siphon in next few days--see how it goes! Been a looong time since I used a straight siphon.
 

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Tried it yesterday and it worked great. Even used the more flexible silicone tubing since it is what I had here and no problems. Liked the small amount of water flow so I could really clean the debris without having to worry about draining more water than I wanted. If a piece of gravel started climbing the tubing, I just pinched the flow off with my finger for a second. One narrow piece stayed in, but I flushed that out with water in the end. I looked for a medicine syringe at drugstore a week ago. Couldn't find one. I'm going to ask at the counter. I put the whole tubing in and got it full this time, but a syringe sounds simpler. It is a curved vase, but will keep suggestions in mind for when I just want to drain it--although a dixie cup into an old water jug takes just a couple of minutes too. :)
 
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