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Aqueon? Gravel Vacuum Help

I've had my 20g tall marineland halfmoon tank is up for a month now and it is nearly cycled, just have to wait for the nitrite spike to resolve. Anyways, the fish store recommended that I start my water Changes so I bought the aqueon 10G gravel vacuum because I figured that the vacuum rating is more geared to footprint size than actual water vacuum. Plus it was the only one that telescoped to over a foot long making vacuuming the tall tank easier. Anyways, vacuumed the gravel and the siphon started easily but it seems to suck up a lot of gravel and doesn't want to let fall back out even if I take it out of the substrate and shake it a bit. some gravel even made it all the way to the collection bucket. Any ideas on modifications or techniques to suck more gunk and less gravel? Thanks

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Re: Aqueon? Gravel Vacuum Help

Well if you put your bucket on a chair you will get less suction which will keep you from vacuuming the gravel all the way out of the tank.

Also are you doing a fishless cycle or a fish in? With a fishless cycle you shouldn't do any water changes till its fully cycled.
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Re: Aqueon? Gravel Vacuum Help

+1 to all stated above. Also, what's your ammonia source for your cycle?

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Re: Aqueon? Gravel Vacuum Help

I'm ashamed to say that it is fish in cycle with neon tetras. Reader beware don't believe everything you read on the internet. "Neon tetras are a great beginner fish that are very hardy and often survive cycling of a tank with little problem." Obviously so much. Fortunately I have only lost one fish

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