Aquarium Gravel Vacuums & Fish Tank Gravel Cleaners | Petco

If you have sand in the bottom of your fish tank, the gravel cleaner will collect most of it.
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If you’re looking for an affordable, manual fish tank gravel cleaner vacuum, with a little something extra, you should definitely check out . This specific vacuum offers a handful of features that aren’t available with other manual models. This gravel vacuum aquarium cleaner is equipped with a convenient self-starting siphon feature. This helps to get the water flowing, without excessive pumping. The vacuum’s nozzle is extra wide. This helps the user cover a bigger amount of space within a shorter period of time.
Insten Battery-Powered Gravel Cleaner Aquarium Fish Tank Siphon Vacuum
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Gravel isn't just an aesthetic addition to your tank, it helps keep your water and your fish clean and healthy. Gravel is essential for biological filtration -- it gives the "good bacteria" that break down your fish's waste a place to live. It allows goldfish to satisfy their natural foraging behavior, which involves many hours each day of digging, sucking up rocks and spitting them back out. Gravel should be at least 3 inches deep and small enough that it doesn't pose a choking hazard to your fish. Insten Battery-Powered Gravel Cleaner Aquarium Fish Tank Siphon Vacuum
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Photo provided by FlickrThe aquarium gravel cleaner is simply a tube with a hose that is used for draining water from your fish tank.
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The Python 25-foot No Spill Clean and Fill System makes cleaning aquariums easy due to the special spill-proof design that keeps water in place during the cleaning process. Because this system features a 7:1 water ratio, only about 1-gallon of water needs replacing during the gravel cleaning process. With no assembly required, this is a very easy system that is immediately operable. The uses an environmentally-safe, non-porous tube that does not harm the water or the fish. This system eliminates the need for siphons and buckets, and tank tear-downs are a thing of the past.The Python 6PC Pro Clean-Mini has many features that make it a popular model. This unit is suitable for cleaning fish aquariums that hold up to 10 gallons of water with the same no-spill design of the larger Python models. This model features a 1-inch in diameter by 6-inch long vacuum tube that makes removing debris from gravel in small fish tanks easier due to the compact design of the unit. Included with the vacuum are 72 inches of heavy-duty flexible tubing.Another aquarium gravel cleaner people should consider is the new Aqueon 06232 cleaning system. This gravel cleaner is available in different tubing lengths and those with large fish tanks often buy the 10-inch version. This length is ideal for cleaning 20 - 50 gallon fish tanks. It comes with the aquarium gravel cleaner and bulb that works by siphoning the muck buildup from the tank. The self-priming intake tube makes it easy to operate, and removes tank debris effectively.Watch more How to Take Care of an Aquarium videos:

To clean your gravel in your aquarium you want to have a basic siphon kit. I prefer one that is a two piece kit. It's got a two inch diameter, maybe twelve to twenty-four inch tube, connected to a five-eighths or three-quarter inch flexible hose that's maybe four to eight feet long that goes into a bucket. You want to get a siphon started whether you suck on the hose or you use a little pump starter. You want to get the water siphoning from the aquarium into the bucket.

And that gravel cleaner is going to free up a lot of the trapped detritus, fecal matter, food, waste, anything that's been accumulating in the gravel bed. And even if the gravel looks clean, trust me, it's got a lot of stuff lurking in it. Now that doesn't mean that it's really bad for the aquarium. Most of it, as it dissolves, is being broken down by food bacteria in the aquarium. But eventually it's going to get to the point where the gravel is so clogged that the water can no longer move through the gravel bed allowing the bacteria to get the oxygen it needs to be able to break down the waste.

So the goal is to remove a lot of the waste from the gravel bed so water can travel through it allowing the bacteria access to oxygen, water, and the waste. So every three to four weeks when you do your water change you want to siphon the gravel bed. I like to remove some of the decorations first. Put them in a bucket of hot water. And then siphon the gravel while changing fifteen to twenty five percent of the water.

It's good to clean your filter on the off week when you're not cleaning your gravel so you minimize shock to the aquarium. But just go through the gravel bed. Start in one corner and do a grid pattern just like you would vacuum a floor so you hit every square inch of the gravel bed.

Keep an eye on the bucket so you don't overflow the bucket. You can dump that water right down your toilet or right into your sink. If there's no gravel in it it's fine to dump down the drain.

And then when you refill the water just make sure you use dechlorinators. It's good to let the water sit overnight if you can so it de-gases. But you can use dechlorinators. And make sure the pH is the same so you minimize the fluctuations in pH which could be lethal to certain fish or any fish it's stressful on. Just go the extra distance. Make sure the temperature and the pH is matched to the existing water.

That's it. It's very, very straightforward. And it's actually somewhat curiously satisfying to gravel clean. I don't know what it is about it but it's like therapy. Enjoy it.