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post #1 of 8 Old 06-08-2008, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
a pond vac?

Do any of you use a pond vac to clean the bottom? I am thinking of buying one soon, but not sure which one to get.
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-08-2008, 04:50 PM
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Well, I got one from Target, it was a waste of money. It was just awful! So while I can't advise you on what to get, at least I can advise you on what not to get.

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post #3 of 8 Old 06-08-2008, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
Thanks! Knowing which ones not to get is important. ;)
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post #4 of 8 Old 06-10-2008, 01:30 PM
I have two different pumps that I got from Petco that I absolutely love. Both are very easy to use. One is battery operated for about $25 and is just called "Battery Operated Gravel Vac." It can be used without the batteries too because it has a check valve in it to help with the siphoning action. (It works better with the batteries though.)

The other pump has a rubber type bulb you squeeze to start the suction/siphoning process. It has a check valve too and a flow valve on the bottom so you can stop the water without losing suction and get another bucket. This one was about $15 at Petco and is JBJ brand. It's just called "Instand Siphon Gravel Cleaner," model GL-28 and it is about 6' long.

Hope this helps. :D
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post #5 of 8 Old 06-10-2008, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
Would either of these suck up leaves on the bottom? I would definately need something 6' or longer. Darn magnolia leaves are so big though...
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post #6 of 8 Old 06-11-2008, 03:32 PM
Sorry LJean, they are probably a little small for anything but a little pond or a fish tank. I use mine in my tanks and my mother-in-law uses hers in a small pond. There's got to be something similar for bigger ponds, though.
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post #7 of 8 Old 07-09-2008, 05:01 PM
I only have a 70ish gallon pond, but I got one of these Python Pond Ulti-Vac and it works great. I could see it working in a much larger pond as long as it would reach the bottom (you can see the size in the link below) One of the reviews I read said it wouldn't pick up small stones, but it does for me, it picks up even 2 inch river rocks. It's not an insanely fast suction, although fairly strong, so you wouldn't have to worry too much if you had fish. I picked up some tadpoles (found them in the canister when I was done) and they were fine.. But, yeah, it picks up dirt, leaves, grass, etc... just great. (And you don't have to plug it in to an outlet, yay, you just attach the garden hose to one end and it creates the suction.) I've been really happy with it.

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post #8 of 8 Old 09-25-2008, 10:48 PM
I'm not 100% sure how well it works, but I have something similar that works fine: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...8&pcatid=14808. Another idea is to just get one of those Wet/Dry vacs that has the hose pump so it doesn't fill up with water.
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