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Anyone recommend a manual syphon? #1
Hi all,

I've changed to a sand substrate now so I'm going to be selling my trusty eheim vac. Anyone recommend a good manual One?
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Rob
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Re: Anyone recommend a manual syphon? #2
I have just bought the Rena one "see link below" and depending on what sand you have this is brilliant, not too powerful as to suck it up and out

http://www.fish-fish-fish.com/rena-te ... JzE-JiQ27MCFUbKtAodFTwAtg
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Re: Anyone recommend a manual syphon? #3
thanks Goldy - i have play sand.

i'll take a look at it.
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Re: Anyone recommend a manual syphon? #4
My main tank is Aquarium sand so not as fine as play sand not used it yet in my quarantine tank that has play sand so will do a test for you later and see ok
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Re: Anyone recommend a manual syphon? #5
I'd appreciate that, Thanks goldy
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Rob
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Re: Anyone recommend a manual syphon? #6
Did a quick test and it is a lot better than some because it isn't too strong a suction which means you get to clean more of the substrate before your water amount is up "this is down to the check valve and strainer" but as play sand is very fine you do get a little in the bucket of syphoned water you will get this with most so guess it is a trial and error until you get the hang of it
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Re: Anyone recommend a manual syphon? #7
I have the biorb syphon, and personally love it.
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Re: Anyone recommend a manual syphon? #8
For a cheaper option and actually IMHO works better than something bought in the shops.

I just took a 500 ml pop bottle, cut the bottom off and duct taped a length of garden hose into the top. Used a couple of plastic zip ties to further the seal

Works really well and the suction is diffused over a greater area- just perfect enough to get the waste but leaves' the gravel where it it.

Should work just as well for sand and save you loads of cash!
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Re: Anyone recommend a manual syphon? #9
I took the vac end off the one I had and bought a Marina Siphon Start (the biorb one comes with a bulb at the end which is handy). I startt the siphon off, swirl the tube around above the sand and the grot that sits on the top gets sucked up. Any sand that gets sucked up gets sieved back into the tank with the new water, which means I can pull out MTS's and move them around to other tanks if I need to.
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Re: Anyone recommend a manual syphon? #10
I should add that the Rena vac is excellent for most tanks but especially larger tanks as the tube length can be adjusted it also has adapters which you can connect to a hose to use in the drain outside, handy when doing larger water changes and certainly makes life so much easier