DIY Super Cheap Ultra Mini Vacuum and Water Changer

Lucy

Turkey basters are great but I often have problems with debris falling back in the tank.

This is my super cheap ultra minI vacuum and water changer.
It works great for small bare bottom fry tanks, breeder boxes or nets.

Materials used:

21" of Air line tubing.
Can be found at any pet store for under $3.00 for 8 feet.
Use more if needed. 21" was all I needed for a 2.5g.

1 Plastic squeezable mustard bottle.
Found at the dollar store for 50 cents.
You can use a ketchup bottle if you prefer red. :p


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Instructions:

Cut the tip of the bottle off so the hole is slightly smaller than the diameter of the airline tubing.
Don't cut too much. You want a tight seal.
If you cut too much you can seal it with hot glue.
I used a hack saw. It's the only thing I had handy.


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Cut the end of the Airline tube at an angle.
This will help work it through the tip of the bottle and give you an angle when you vacuum.


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Force the Airline tube through the hole in the tip of the bottle.


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That's it!


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To use:

Squeeze the bottle to force the air out.
Put the tube in the tank.
Release the pressure on the bottle.
That creates the suction.
It helps to have the bottle lower than the tank.

Hope someone finds this useful.
 

Junne

Wow that's great!!! I bet it would work great in a sand tank ( and small like my fluval edge )

I am going to try that as soon as my mustard ( or ketchup whichever comes first! ) runs out....

Thanks for the idea!
 

Lucy

Good luck with yours.
Let me know how it works for you.

I think I'm going to make another one with a larger bottle for my 5 and maybe 10g.
 

shelleyd2008

I just use the tubing and run it into a bucket...I suck up too many baby guppies!
 

Lucy

I'm not into sucking on tubes.
The squeezing the bottle creates the suction.
 

shelleyd2008

I'm not into sucking on tubes.
The bottle creates the suction.

You just need to use a longer tube and learn when to let go ;D As long as the bucket is lower than the tank and the water is more than 1/2-way through the tube, you can let go and not swallow any lol


--Most of the time anyway

For my betta tanks I can use my turkey baster to start the suction with my gravel vac, but I'm scared to use the gravel vac in the babies' tank.
 

Lucy

dingo

Nice little tool.

A little tip on turkey basters: Pull it apart and superglue or silicone the bulb back onto the tube - it'll work 100 times better. I did this because I would suck up debris and as soon as the baster left the tank water, everything would fall out the end.
 

psalm18.2

Just what I needed for the 1.50g!! Thanks!! I saw those bottles in clear for like .50 at Walmart.
 

Lucy

Thanks for the tip Dingo.

Glad you like it psalm. It will do a 1.5 in no time.
 

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