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    EHEIM Quick Vac Pro Automatic Gravel Cleaner and Sludge Extractor

    I'm setting up a tank that will be ground level so I wont be able to use a regular siphon to clean my substrate.
    If you have any experience with this product or something similar, I would really appreciate your input. Thanks.
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    I had one when they first came out years ago. It didn't work for me that well and was a bit clumsy as far as a tool goes. It mostly just clouded the water as it does not get the very fine particulate.

    But in your case maybe better than nothing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bala de plata View Post
    I had one when they first came out years ago. It didn't work for me that well and was a bit clumsy as far as a tool goes. It mostly just clouded the water as it does not get the very fine particulate.

    But in your case maybe better than nothing?
    by any chance did you use it on gravel or like ada substrate ?
    Im thinking of using a rubber band to tie micron filter pad onto the intake(whats circled in red) so in theory it should be able to filter smaller particles, if that doesnt work I might just put the micron filter pads along the the side of the mesh... I'd like to hear your(or anyone) input on that idea.

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    Yes I tried modifications similiar to that. Doing the intake you circled clogged in matter of minutes to seconds am then when you turn off or pull out, everything drops back into the tank unless you put a net or something else under neath. Cumbersome..

    Best I came up with was wrapping very fine poly filter fabric like what you use in wet/dry systems or micron fabric bags. Wrap it around the outside of the screened part and secure using rubber bands or whatever.

    But then the problem is flow, it's a very weak battery pump with little pulling power.

    Everything back then was sand substrates and/or Flourite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bala de plata View Post
    Yes I tried modifications similiar to that. Doing the intake you circled clogged in matter of minutes to seconds am then when you turn off or pull out, everything drops back into the tank unless you put a net or something else under neath. Cumbersome..

    Best I came up with was wrapping very fine poly filter fabric like what you use in wet/dry systems or micron fabric bags. Wrap it around the outside of the screened part and secure using rubber bands or whatever.

    But then the problem is flow, it's a very weak battery pump with little pulling power.

    Everything back then was sand substrates and/or Flourite.
    How unfortunate...
    I might buy it, just because I really need something to be able to clean my substrate.
    Or I might try a diy.
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    Buy it somewhere that is easy to return like amazon etc. If it works well enough, cool, if not then no loss.

    Ya you can make something very similar with PVC pipe and a strong air pump. Work as well it better.

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    I bought one for cheap at petsmart years ago. Used it 2 or 3 times and did not like what it did. Returned it soon after.

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    why not just run a water pump to a bucket while using your gravel vac. I do that with my low tanks. just get an inexpensive fountain pump. I just make sure my gravel vac does not allow gravel to pass so the impeller doesn't get damaged. Good luck
    Jorge Q..
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