Gravel Vacuum Help

Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by Snailbait, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. S

    Snailbait New Member Member

    I bought the Marina Multi-Vac Battery Gravel Cleaner, opened it up and attempted to figure it out but I'm having trouble. I put it together just like the package depicts (there were no instructions!), popped some batteries in and tried to use it. It does absolutely nothing. It makes a whirring noise but doesn't even suck up water. I just want to use it to clean my gravel as I have a siphon for water changes but want to do more frequent gravel cleaning.

    My question is, does anyone know how to use this gravel cleaner? Am I doing something wrong? :helpsmilie:


    It didn't cost me very much... should I just get a new one that costs a bit more? I was looking at the Eheim brand ones, they look pretty good. Would you recommend these?
     
  2. Aquarist

    Aquarist Fishlore Legend Member

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    Snailbait New Member Member

    Thanks for the help Ken. :)

    I'm still not getting anywhere with this stupid gravel vac, so I'm going to give up with it. I really want one for just gravel cleaning, one that doesn't siphon water out of the tank, just the muck.
     
  4. Colorado

    Colorado Valued Member Member

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    Snailbait New Member Member

    I agree with the bad reviews, it's not a great product at all.

    I'm still toying with the idea of buying the eheim brand 'pro vac'...
     
  6. Magoo

    Magoo Fishlore VIP Member

    You could just use a turkey baster it wouldn't take out too much water and good for spot cleaning :)
     
  7. ryanr

    ryanr Moderator Moderator Member

    If you're after a gravel vac only, no siphon, the Eheim is certainly well regarded.

    Many members combine their gravel vac with a water change, so I guess that kind of negates the issue you're facing.

    I'm a big fan of all things Eheim, so worth a shot. Try searching Fishlore, I think we may have a review of the Eheim somewhere.

    Also, worth asking the local shop to trial it before you buy. :;dk [my locals would happily open one, I'm in Melbourne though]
     
  8. grfresconero

    grfresconero Valued Member Member

    Just a thought , see if you first fill the pump with your tank water and then turn it on .

    Hi from Con.
     
  9. p

    porkozone New Member Member

    When I first tried this it did not work well at all for me, so I gave up on it after two tries.

    Recently, I tried it again on a whim and it is working well. I don't know why I had so much trouble before. At the time I had gravel and now I have sand so maybe it's just that it works better to skim the surface and get the top stuff, where before I was trying to suck up stuff through the gravel.

    The trickiest part is keeping the water line where it needs to be.
     
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    Snailbait New Member Member

    Thanks guys!

    My problem is that I have a very limited amount of water for water changes. I live in the outback and it hasn't rained for a long time. I want to clean my gravel every second day or so, but I can only do a water change once a week. I think I will purchase the Eheim brand 'pro vac', it seems to be good.
     




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