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Siphon as a way to vacuum the aquarium soil

The health and well-being of the fish, the effect of the plants and the maintenance of a normal internal biocenosis depend on the sanitary condition of the aquarium environment. Timely and high-quality care will always give a decent result and allow residents of the water world to feel comfortable.

The soil is the place where the aquarium mud accumulates as much as possible: food remains, obsolete pieces of plants, fish excrement, sediment from water. The self-cleaning ability of water allows certain components to decompose without any outside intervention.

However, in rare cases, this is enough.

Artificial soil cleaning is the task of the owner of the aquarium. And it is up to him to determine the optimal multiplicity, volume and method of this manipulation.

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The release of the soil surface from undesirable settled particles can be carried out without draining all the water and without injuring the fish by transferring to the reserve tank. This is done with the help of an elementary process – tightening the upper, bottom, contaminated layer into a special tube as a result of pulling air out of it with an ordinary pump.

The removed layer is a suspension of undissolved components, which easily, without any problems filling the tube, flows through it by gravity and is removed through the opposite end, directed into the tank for its collection.

To create a vacuum in this tube, you can simply suck air through your mouth. However, this method is not hygienic and not aesthetic.

Instead, the empty space at home can be created with a pear or using a syringe.

The complete scheme of such a device is called an aquarium siphon – a convenient and functional mechanism that does not require special conditions and training. It is neat and safe for fish, does not overdry the flora and interferes with the processes of decay.

The device siphon elementary. A tube, one end of which falls close to the ground and has an appropriate diameter, and the second releases liquid into a bowl or bucket designed to stand for water or its drain, and a pump.

If it is impossible to prevent the soil from tightening, a special filter can be installed at one end. The water flows generated in the bottom part can be of various intensities and directions. They need to be regulated, guided by:

  1. mechanical characteristics of the soil;
  2. biological features of aquatic plants;
  3. the size of the swimming inhabitants.

The aquarium pump can be, both professional production, and self-made.

How to collect siphon? Connect all its parts, correctly selecting the diameters of the tube and pump. The mount must be strong and tight.

However, it may require disassembly to clean the tube, so the method of attachment should allow this to be done.

Suction movements can be performed manually, you can go further and improve through automation. Siphon for aquarium on batteries – quite convenient and practical innovation solution.

In this case, the battery plays the role of a battery – an energy source for the sucking movements of the pear or pump.

When pumping a suspension of aquarium debris, the second end of the tube must be placed below the main water level. In this case, the water will go into the spare capacity on the principle of communicating vessels.

The polluted polluted water is settled and can be reused after a neat drain.

However, there is equipment that eliminates the process of settling. What it is? This is a pump equipped with a filtering device, through which simultaneous filtration of water occurs and its direction back to the aquarium.

Thus, the cleaning process is characterized by continuity in operation and does not require additional containers. However, using this method is not always recommended. It all depends on the degree of water pollution and the quality of the sediment.

With a large population of aquarium animals, the intensity of this cleaning may not be enough.

Convenient when the tube is made of a transparent material. In this case, you can always determine the place of possible congestion and how to eliminate it.

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