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 Post subject: cleaning sand.
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Where can I get a syphon to clean the sand,that is long enough and has enough suction to suck up the dirt? The one I have only trickles and does'nt get the dirt out.Where can i get one that reaches the bottom of my 2ft deep tank? Or do you guys do it another way? Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: cleaning sand.
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if you can't find one at your local lfs, you can find just about anything on ebay or sites like kensfish.com. most of us just swirl the syphon tube about 2 inches above the sand. this usually will kick up any waste that needs to be removed. takes a little practice, but you'll get the hang of it in no time. hope this helps. :cheers:

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O.K. Thanks. Will try that.


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I had the same problem with my siphon where it wouldn't suck with enough pressure. I found out it was the siphon pump restricting flow. I took it off and I suction went up too much. I just controlled suction by pinching the tube. Then I attached it to a hose and I didn't have to worry about my bucket filling to fast.


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You can also use the valves from eheim type filters that go inline to control flow, and even stop it. I used pythons for years, and bought one of the long tubes for it when I got into Gibberosa, but now I am doing Discus (will be back to fronts soon enough) and the water changes are allot more frequent, so I use a pump to shoot water from a bucket in the sink down a long wide gauge hose out into the garden. Then I cap it with my hand and get it into the tanks one at a time. Extremely fast compared to a python, and I am sure a wide plastic tube could be used for cleaning sand, but would definitely need a control valve.


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