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Why can't I get a tank cleaning system that works?
Old 06-15-2011, 03:51 PM   #1
 
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Why can't I get a tank cleaning system that works?

I have now purchased 2 different tank cleaning systems that I cannot get to work. I was all excited to come home today and try my new hose. I am sick of hauling the water in to fill the tank. The siphon works great and I can get it cleaned out in a matter of minutes but filling is a big pain in the butt. I just bought this one. Aquarium Maintenance and Water Changes: Lee's Ultimate GravelVac Kit

The water stays running while it siphons the tank water out (seems wasteful) then when I went to to have water fill the tank the stupid thing popped off the faucet and made a huge mess. I can't get it to stay on the faucet and it sprays all over the place. I am so disappointed. I love clean tanks and would be so thrilled to be able to make this task an easier one. Does anyone have a system that works? I know it isn't just my faucets, I have tried it on 3 different ones and I can't get it to stay on. Ugh!
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Old 06-15-2011, 09:06 PM   #2
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Strange, it should screw into the threads on the faucet which would make it so it couldn't come off, if it was staying on the faucet and just spraying I would say you are missing a gasket or have it double gasketted.
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Old 06-15-2011, 09:16 PM   #3
 
On most of these, you unthread and remove the aerator on the faucet and screw the device onto the faucet.
Did you do that? You say it just popped off?
The water has to run to create the siphon action to remove the water from the tank.
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:32 AM   #4
 
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On most of these, you unthread and remove the aerator on the faucet and screw the device onto the faucet.
Did you do that? You say it just popped off?
The water has to run to create the siphon action to remove the water from the tank.
Yes I did that and I screwed the plastic adapter onto the faucet but it doesn't stay on. I am so frustrated with it I was so looking forward to not lugging gallon jugs of water around. I would be happy with just being able to somehow connect the hose and fill the tank, even if I have to use the other siphon to empty the tank. That I have no issue with.

Now I see that the company sells a metal adapter. I wonder if that would stay in place better? Has anyone else had to buy an extra adapter to make theirs work?
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:35 AM   #5
 
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Strange, it should screw into the threads on the faucet which would make it so it couldn't come off, if it was staying on the faucet and just spraying I would say you are missing a gasket or have it double gasketted.

It stayed on long enough to empty the tank but it was spraying all over the kitchen When I realized it and went to adjust it (tighten it up) it just popped off the faucet and I couldn't thread it on well enough to keep it in place with the water pressure. I tried it on 3 different faucets and couldn't get it to thread enough to stay in place when the water was on. I must have bought yet another faulty product.

I was looking forward to less work and got more work. It took me an hour to clean up the mess in the kitchen.
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Old 06-16-2011, 09:30 AM   #6
 
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yeah we had the same issue with 3 different ones ... here is what we did

use the hose to drain .. start siphon and let it run to sink the pressure of the tank will push it as long as most of the hose is lower than the tank.. no water needs to run

get a metal adapter for the sink and a metal hose end at the hardware store these will join nicely and not pop off like the plastic junk does...

use this to re-fill the tank.... saves on water and wont create a huge mess...

just my 2 cents
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:42 AM   #7
 
I've been using a garden hose and taping my gravel vac to it for years.... I drain outside to the lawn to help save water then I move the hose to the faucet to fill the tank.
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:44 AM   #8
 
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Mine also did that, it came with a metal hook up to the faucet and plastic joiner to the unit. and I felt with my finger up into the faucet and pulled out a black thick rubber washer which was blocking the space to thread the unit on! If it is threaded correctly it should not pop off. Once you have completed the start up syphon using the tap to pull the water out of the tank, you should be able to shut the water off and the syphon now very slow is just gravity/physics and will continue to syphon slowly so you can gravel clean and not waste water. You should not have to keep the water running.
My Python has several parts that come loose and allow water to spray too, I just have to make sure it is tight at all joints and I also use low pressure to fill the tank too. Too much is not a good thing.
(I put all the needed de-chlor into the tank before this process). Keep at it. These gizmo's are wonderful. IMO
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Old 06-16-2011, 03:47 PM   #9
 
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yeah we had the same issue with 3 different ones ... here is what we did

use the hose to drain .. start siphon and let it run to sink the pressure of the tank will push it as long as most of the hose is lower than the tank.. no water needs to run

get a metal adapter for the sink and a metal hose end at the hardware store these will join nicely and not pop off like the plastic junk does...

use this to re-fill the tank.... saves on water and wont create a huge mess...

just my 2 cents

I think I will have to look for the metal adapter instead of trying to mess with this stupid plastic junk. I will be happy if I can just use it as a hose. I won't be using the water to siphon either as I think it is a waste to do so. I look forward to figuring something out so that I do not have to haul water anymore. I usually fill about 30 milk jugs before I get started and then fill them each again to finish the job. It is a lot of wok and a big mess. I sure hope I can get this to work.

I found a metal adapter on the same site that I bought the unit from. Isn't it funny that they have metal replacement parts for this unit. Ya think they know the plastic is useless crap? Why not charge $5.00 more and toss the metal one in the kit right away. Sheesh!
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:42 AM   #10
 
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I feel your pain Inga. Mine is sitting idle while I lug gallon jugs around every weekend :(

Good luck and let us know how the metal adapter works for you.
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