The Aqueon Aquarium Gravel Cleaner was developed to make routine water changes and vacuuming gravel easy and efficient for any level aquarist. http://www.petco.com
Siphon Vacuum Gravel Cleaners
Maintenance is a necessary part of good aquarium keeping. Aqueon Siphon Vacuum Gravel Cleaners are ideal for quick water changes and gravel cleaning. Assembly can be completed by simply attaching the self-priming intake tube to one end of the flexible hose. Running the hose end under warm water will make it more pliable and softer and will make it easier to attach to the intake tube. Turn off heater and filter and remove any obstructions. This makes it easier to work around the aquarium and will not cause your heater or filter to malfunction. There is no need to remove your fish or plants. Place an empty bucket at a level below the aquarium. Since the vacuum works because of a siphon, for best results, the bucket should be as low as possible below the aquarium. Secure the hose to the bucket using the bucket clip. This should help keep the hose and water in the bucket while the water is being siphoned out and not on the floor. Completely submerge intake tube in aquarium, pass the blue cap. Keeping the intake tube completely submerged, rapidly move it in an up-and-down motion to start siphoning. Water should begin to flow into the bucket. If your Aqueon Siphon Vacuum Gravel Cleaner included a priming bulb, begin assembly by attaching one end of the long hose to the in end of the priming bulb. Then, attach one end of the short hose to the out end of the priming bulb. Attach the intake tube to the remaining end of the long hose. To begin operation completely submerge the intake tube in the aquarium pass the blue cap. Squeeze the priming bulb three or four times water to start the flow of water. Water should begin to flow into the bucket. To clean your aquarium gravel, start with water flowing to the bucket. Then, insert the intake tube into the gravel. Then, pull it out, allowing the gravel to fall back down and dirt and debris to be carried away with the water. Continue to work and clean gravel in an up-and-down motion throughout the aquarium. When cleaning gravel, it is common that debris, plant leaves and gravel can get lodged inside the blue cap area of the intake tube, dramatically slowing the flow of water. To remove any trapped particles, simply remove the intake tube from the water, gently tap on the aquarium edge and rinse with water.