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post #1 of 8 Old 02-08-2011, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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So confused..??

I'm trying to use the siphon thing to clean the fish tank, but I can't seem to figure out how to get the vacuum started. I have been trying for the last hour now, with no luck :S
Please help!
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-08-2011, 03:41 PM
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Make sure the bucket, or whatever the water will be going into, is well below the tank. Stick one end of the siphon hose in the tank, then suck on the other end like you would a big straw. Then before you get any water in your mouth, take the hose out of your mouth and put it in the bucket.

That's how I do it anyway.

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post #3 of 8 Old 02-08-2011, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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^^ Thanks, is there another way to do it though? I don't really wanna suck on it :S hahaa
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post #4 of 8 Old 02-08-2011, 03:57 PM
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^^ Thanks, is there another way to do it though? I don't really wanna suck on it :S hahaa
The only other way I know of is a little more of a hassle, and I've never actually tried it to see if it works. You take your hose and fold it into a U shape, then put about half a hose worth of water into the hose. Put your thumb over the end that goes in the bucket, then put the other end in the tank. Once that end is in the tank, put the end you have covered with your thumb into the bucket and take your thumb off of it. Gravity does the rest and starts sucking the water out of the tank.

Like I said, I've never actually tried doing it that way. I don't mind just sucking on the hose... it doesn't take much to get the flow going, and I've never gotten any tank water in my mouth.

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29 Gallon Tank
7 Zebra Danios (1 is actually a red glofish)
7 Serpae Tetras
7 Emerald Green Corydoras

20 Gallon Tank
2 Albino African Clawed Frogs
Anywhere between 0 and 8 feeder guppies

15 Gallon Tank
Lots of Trumpet Snails.
1 Assassin Snail
2 Female Guppies
1 Male Guppies

Pics coming soon in tank profiles.
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post #5 of 8 Old 02-08-2011, 04:07 PM
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you can also just agitate the tube up and down in the tank until you establish a seal. tube down in water, hose end in bucket.

however, this will probably freak out your fish unless you have a really good size tank and they can escape to the other side while you get the suction going.

i do the sucking thing myself. practice in a sink full of clean water and watch the water as it comes down the tube so you know when to put the hose into the bucket (before it reaches your mouth).

good luck.

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post #6 of 8 Old 02-08-2011, 04:30 PM
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I did this for the first time last weekend and it took me 10mins.
What I did when it actually started to work was, I dunked the syphon quickly into the tank and kept pumping it up and down (very quickly).
Your bucket needs to be lower then your tank obviously.
Check out some youtube videos on tips on how to get it going, good luck!
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post #7 of 8 Old 02-08-2011, 04:50 PM
Yeah, I tried the pumping quickly in the tank, didnt work. I gave up that way.

Then I did the sucking as a traditional syphon...it worked, but I got a mouthful of tank water...EWWW!!!

However, now I am a pro with the sucking to start the syphon, and no more tank water in my mouth! lol

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Tank 1: (29 gal planted) empty
Tank 2: (15 gal) empty
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-08-2011, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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I figured it out shortly after posting :P haha, it happened by accident! Thanks everyone!
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