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HMlairy 04-11-2011 10:55 AM

DIY siphon?
 
Hey guys,
I need a gravel siphon but a little short on cash and just saw a page that showed me how to make one out of plastic tubes, sealent and a plastic bottle. Has anyone had sucess with this sort of thing?
Cheers!

AbbeysDad 04-11-2011 11:38 AM

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Originally Posted by HMlairy (Post 645188)
Hey guys,
I need a gravel siphon but a little short on cash and just saw a page that showed me how to make one out of plastic tubes, sealent and a plastic bottle. Has anyone had sucess with this sort of thing?
Cheers!

For what it's worth, you can get a good gravel siphon at Wally World for about $8. I guess if you have tubes and silicone laying around, you could cobble a working gravel siphon...but I wouldn't bother.

Now having said that, there's a Python and Aqueon gravel siphon that hooks to the sink (not unlike a kit I had for the waterbed all those years ago {flashback to the 70's} <g>) anyway for about $25-$30, they come with 25' feet of hose. This eleimates the bucket brigade in the weekly siphon and refill.
I am gonna cheat and insert the end of my regular gravel siphon into a garden hose to run out on the lawn, then get a faucet to hose adapter for the kitchen to use the same garden hose for the fresh water refill. Sounds like a plan anyway.

HMlairy 04-11-2011 01:22 PM

I just made it and used it. It works it takes alot of effort! I didn't need sealent in the end :)

AbbeysDad 04-11-2011 01:38 PM

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Originally Posted by HMlairy (Post 645306)
I just made it and used it. It works it takes alot of effort! I didn't need sealent in the end :)

Why does it take a lot of effort?


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