Reef vacuum

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  1. tygunn

    tygunn Webmaster

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    I give you the prototype reef vacuum, a concept I've wanted to try for some time.

    I just used it to suck the junk out of my sump and it worked great.

    It's basically a 10in canister with a 100 micron reusable filter. A mag 9 provides suction through the filter.

    The one big problem I had with this was priming. It's very hard to fill the tubes and canister with water in order to prime it. I've got a siphon start bulb so perhaps I could set that up to siphon from the tank into the sump to get the system flooded.

    The mag 9 also not a big fan of having such a large restriction on its intake. I got lots of microbubbles on the output from cavitation. I might just live with it as it serves the purpose.

    I'm planning to make some tools to attach to the cleaning want. Probably a pick, scraper, and a brush. [​IMG]

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  2. daddio

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    Use an old power head to pump water into the intake for priming?
     
  3. Coral reefer

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    Or just use the powerhead to pump dirty want out? Or siphon it
     
  4. tygunn

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    That's a decent idea. Haha probably easier too.

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  5. tygunn

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    I have used the trick of using a maxijet as a vacuum to pump into a filter sock in the past. It seemed to jam up the powerhead if I tried sucking up lots of silt or stuff. The big win with this setup is that it doesn't really plug up at all and I don't have to worry about fouling the pump.

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  6. daddio

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    It is how I have primed my Fluval canisters for years
     
  7. DEATH BY SNU SNU

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    Wonderful idea! Take that to shark tank! :)
     
  8. Kremis

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    hahahah, might actually work out, not a bad idea
     

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