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post #1 of 9 Old 05-10-2011, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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Question How do you remove gravel from an old acrylic aquarium without scratching it?

I have a used aquarium that's just been sitting for a couple of years. I'd like to possibly reuse it, but I'm not sure how to get the old gravel out without scratching the tank It's acrylic. Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-10-2011, 06:37 PM
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plastic cup and carefully scoop into a bucket or something else. are you worried about scratching the bottom? its prob. already scratched.
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post #3 of 9 Old 05-10-2011, 06:55 PM
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plastic cup and carefully scoop into a bucket or something else. are you worried about scratching the bottom? its prob. already scratched.
That's exactly what I do. Scoop as much as you can and let it dry out before trying to remove those pesky 50 or so pieces left over at the end.

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post #4 of 9 Old 05-10-2011, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not really worried about scratching the bottom...you can't see it with substrate on it anyway...it was the sides I was worried about. It's a SeaClear 40 gallon. Should I add water before I start removing the gravel?
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post #5 of 9 Old 05-10-2011, 08:28 PM
You get out yer sand pail and shovel and get 'er done.

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If you have one, a wet/dry vac works great for getting those last bits of gravel out. Also works great for getting that last inch or so of water out of the tank too.

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post #7 of 9 Old 05-11-2011, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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Don't have a shop vac, but I'm sure I'll manage...thanks!
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If you have one, a wet/dry vac works great for getting those last bits of gravel out. Also works great for getting that last inch or so of water out of the tank too.
I never thought of that! Brilliant I always used a turkey baster to get the last of the water out.

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I never thought of that! Brilliant I always used a turkey baster to get the last of the water out.
I hadn't thought of that either...good idea though!
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