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After my nano aquarium was up and running for a few weeks, I realised I needed a gravel cleaner. Why? Because I need to take water out of the tank for a weekly refresh, I want to clean the gravel, but I don't want to suck it up with a hose!!!

I soon found out there are specialised articles on the market for these types of tanks, but also that they are well overpriced. I decided to use some of the leftovers to build a DIY Gravel Cleaner after the idea of JBL, found here. (Nice thing about it is that it is square so it can reach the corners of the tank easily)

This article is based on my blogpost on http://hmf-shrimptank.blogspot.com, where I also post the entire DIY project for building a filter for my shrimp-aquarium. Comments and feedback are welcome!

Here are the steps I took:

Step 1: Ingredients

Some PVC, e.g. electrical pipe

Some tubing of roughly the same diameter
Have some tie-wraps and teflon-tape or plumbers-tape ready

Take a small (transparent) square container left over after the contents have run out. I used a soap-container in my example. I would not recommend to use something that stored any more serious chemicals

Clean out the container REALLY thoroughly as shrimps will die if you don't!!!

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<p>Ok, but why not just put some holes all around your &quot;square container&quot; so that the gravel will not be able to rise all of the way into your tube? Fish poop and what not ain't that heavy you know.</p>
<p>thank you, just realised the gravel can be cleaned in this way.</p><p>i made it 2 weeks ago based on your article, and it works!</p>
I defendantly need to build this as I get constant fish poop on the gravel :-) lol
you should specify Aquarium gravel in the title, because i was wondering why someone would need to clean driveway gravel.

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