Gravel Vacuuming

Discussion in 'More Freshwater Aquarium Topics' started by melkor1223, Nov 19, 2005.

  1. melkor1223

    melkor1223New MemberMember

    I'm confused... How exactly do you vacuum gravel in an aquarium? I'm new to the hobby. So new I don't even have a tank yet! :-[ I want to get one soon and need to know everything I can that will help me set up a tank.

    Any help is appreciated,
  2. newbie101

    newbie101Well Known MemberMember

    To vacuum gravel you need.....guess?....a gravel vacuum! They are pretty cheap I have a 10 gal and my mini vac was $5. They are easy to use, you just start the siphon and it will suck up all the yuck in your gravel, but not the gravel itself. I would think you have to be careful with really small fish like young neon tetras not to suck them up ;D
  3. Gunnie

    GunnieWell Known MemberMember

    Depending on the size of your tank, the gravel vac Emma is talking about is a good start. I have a 100 gal. tank, and use a python to clean my tanks. I do 50% water changes in that tank weekly, so using a regular syphon would mean probably emptying a bucket at least 10 times to take the water out, and at least 10 times to add new water in. With my python, I just change the water flow from sucking water out to adding water in, and it's done in about 15 minutes. Butterfly has a 75 gal. she still uses a regular gravel vac to clean it with, and she doesn't mind doing that, but it would get old very quickly for me. If you tank is only gonna be a 10 or 20 gal. tank, then the gravel vac would work just fine.
  4. Jason

    JasonWell Known MemberMember

    If the water comes straight from the tap do you just add the tap water treater straight into the main tank? Do you just work out how much you've taken out and put the neccessary amount of treater in when you fill it?
  5. Gunnie

    GunnieWell Known MemberMember

    Yep. Just make sure the temperature of the water is the same or very close to the temp. in the tank. As the water is going back into the tank, I just pour the dechlor in the stream.
  6. Jason

    JasonWell Known MemberMember

    Cool, I'm trying to convince my parents that I wont spill any water if I get one for my room with a python vac.
  7. chickadee

    chickadeeFishlore VIPMember

    Melkor -

    I don't know how others do it but I have a battery operated vacuum cleaner made to do the job. I believe I got it online from either Petco or PetSmart for around $18.00 It uses 2 "C" batteries and has a place to attach tubing if you want to use it to empty the water from your tank into a bucket for water changes. There are many sizes of manual vacuums too but I never have used them so I do not know much about them.

    I hope this helps a little.

    Welcome to the group. It is good to have you here.

    Shalom, (Peace)