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DIY Super Gravel Vac Style Super Gravel Vacuum
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This is a DIY Super Gravel Vacuum using 5/8" ID Aquarium Tubing
OR a sterile garden hose (5/8"), a Less 10" or other Gravel Vacuum, some duct tape for wrapping around the end of the Vacuum tubing for a better fit, a Lees Water Pump and Faucet Adapter
The use of a female adapter from this kit makes attachment to a hose much more simple than the use of duct tape (suggested above). This kit also includes a male adapter and a valve, which makes water flow control more simple.
We recommend removing the Gravel Vacuum when filling and using a suction cup attached to the hose to secure it to the inside of the aquarium when filling (although it works fine with water returning thru the gravel vacuum, just make sure the whole vacuum is in the water before filling just in case the end becomes detached)
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Aquarium Cleaning Equipment; Whether it be the economical and popular Lees Gravel Vacuum or the Advanced Eheim Sludge Remover or even parts to make your own economical aquarium Cleaning System, these products should meet most of your aquarium cleaning needs.
The Lees Gravel Vacuum/Siphon can be used to simply clean mulm and drain water into a bucket or attached to garden hose (or vinyl tubing) and then exhausted to your garden, bathroom, or even utility sink (via Faucet pump for uphill draining). See the picture after the shopping cart for a DIY Gravel vacuum system (similar to the Python) using parts sold here and your garden hose.
The Ehiem Sludge Remover is a premium battery powered gravel aquarium cleaning device is an excellent way to remove uneaten fish food or other organic debris/mulm before it can decompose and over load the aquarium bio system or simply cause sudden drops in pH and rising nitrates due to decomposition.
The Sludge Remover does not take the place of water changes, but this is a recommended piece of equipment to have for a quick clean up, better aquarium maintenance and control of water parameters.
*Lees Gravel Vacuum;
MEDIUM: 2 BY 10 with deluxe nozzle (Model # 11556)- $9.99 Jump to Shopping Cart
* Self Start
* Designed to separate and remove debris from aquarium gravel.
* Wide mouth nozzle for faster cleaning and hard to reach areas (many other gravel vacuums do not have this feature)
*10 inch vacuum bell with 56 inches of hose
* Compare the features on this superior gravel vacuum to many others that may cost less, however are not as easy to use (also compare our low shipping costs to see the REAL price, as ours is often lower when shipping is factored in).
* Can be used to replace Python gravel vacuums or make your own vacuum system by inserting the plastic end into a standard garden hose.
* A must have for any aquarist for aquarium cleaning
See section below the shopping cart for a DIY ultimate "Python type" aquarium cleaning system
Eheim Sludge/Detritus Extractor Battery Gravel Vacuum- $47.99
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Battery operation (4 AA batteries included)
Will run up to 4 hours on Alkaline Batteries
Strong suction pump
Easy to use
Excellent in between compliment to regular water changes/vacuuming with Lees/ Python or similar Gravel Vacuum/Siphons
Suction jet with extension element
Suitable for marine and freshwater
Minimum suggested water for best operation is 12 inches of water (such as a full 10 gallon aquarium)
Fully submersible up to 3 ft. deep
Uses easily cleaned micron filter element, which is easily removed and opened for easy/simple cleaning.
See the picture to the left for a picture of the Debris trap/Micro Filter element with the ends removed for cleaning (click on the picture for a larger view).
A relatively inexpensive alternative to the Aquarium Cleaning Machine
Although not as effective as an aquarium cleaning machine, the Eheim Sludge Extractor Battery Gravel Vacuum is a simple less expensive alternative for smaller aquariums.
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Ultimate Gravel Vacuum Pump Kit and Faucet Adapter- $8.99
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(replaces Python Pump as well)
Can be used with 5/8" ID Aquarium Tubing or a 5/8" garden hose and regular Gravel Vacuum to make a DIY Ultimate Gravel Vacuum or Python (slip the gravel Vacuum hose into the male end of the garden hose)
Excellent for use in draining low aquariums or sumps into a sink where gravity siphons are an issue
4 to 1 water waste ratio (4 gallons of water siphoned from aquarium to every 1 gallon wasted tap water used to create siphon)
*Lees Gravel Vacuum Valve Kit- $8.99 Jump to Shopping Cart
For use in existing Ultimate Gravel Vacs/Pythons
Can be used for a DIY Ultimate Gravel Vac/Python
Includes valve, female splice adapter (to add to existing gravel to easily attach to a garden hose, etc.), and a male splice adapter
*Lees 25' COMPLETE Gravel Vacuum Kit- $34.99
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Includes 25 feet of hose/tubing
Includes Lees Gravel Vacuum Valve which lets you easily start, stop, and control suction and water flow rate.
Lees 25' Vacuum Kit includes the Lees Vacuum Pump Kit and Faucet Adapter to allow this Ultimate Gravel Vac to work on most kitchen faucets (some faucets may require additional adapters).
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