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dormfish 10-06-2011 12:35 PM

Pebble Vaccume - minor difficulty.
 
So I bought a pebble vaccume for my 10 gallon. It's supposed to be the right size, but whenever I go to use it, the water won't go all the way up the nozzle part. It's like there's not enough pressure from the water to push the water into the hose. It makes cleaning a big pain. What can I do?

AbbeysDad 10-06-2011 10:31 PM

I'll bite - what's a 'pebble vacuum'? Is this a battery operated gizmo or are you talking about a gravel siphon?
Can you post a picture or a link to a picture?

dormfish 10-07-2011 12:35 AM

OOPS! I mean gravel siphon. No battery, just preassure/ gravity powered. Here's a pic. I have this exact same brand.

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k19smith 10-07-2011 12:55 AM

I'm confused as to what your asking but to start the gravel vacuum you can just suck on it, aiming not to drink the water once you get a small amount of water it will just gravity feed.

dormfish 10-07-2011 01:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by k19smith (Post 853352)
I'm confused as to what your asking but to start the gravel vacuum you can just suck on it, aiming not to drink the water once you get a small amount of water it will just gravity feed.

Haha. Really? Thanks, I'll definitely try that next time I'm cleaning the tank.

wannalearn 10-07-2011 01:52 AM

easy way.. put your finger over the small end(the end in the bucket) fill big end (the part you actually vacume with) with water. take finger off. as soon as water starts to flow out.. cover hose up again. refil big end. remove finger and your good to go..just remember to keep the small end lower than the big end...

AbbeysDad 10-07-2011 01:53 AM

You don't suck on a gravel siphon to get it started!!! All you do is fill the large inlet tube and raise it to fill the small end of the tube, then squeeze the tube and fill the inlet for continued siphon, making sure the out tube is in a bucket or hose lower than the bottom of the aquarium.
Check out some youtube videos:
how to use a gravel siphon - YouTube

k19smith 10-07-2011 02:29 AM

In small spaces I find sucking on it much easier. lol On my big tanks I can get it started just fine but when changing a 1g there is no way but sucking that I have found. I also have sand tanks and only use a hose so I do a lot of sucking. :lol:

wannalearn 10-07-2011 02:39 AM

lol, would be afraid of getting a mouthfull of nasty fish poopey water...lol

Romad 10-07-2011 08:04 AM

You won't get any fishy water in your mouth if you let the water get halfway down the hose and then quickly point it into the bucket.

You'll get really good at it after a few tries.


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