Siphon: Tank Maintenance Tools
An aquarium siphon should be a tool able to do more than
just transfer water from one container to another, much in the same way that a
frying pan can be used to cook more than just one dish. There are countless
options out there for anyone looking for an aquarium siphon, some of which work
on principals other than a gravity system. While traditional siphons can
literally be made from any piece of hose, more specialized equipment makes for
much easier use and a far more efficient way to accomplish tank maintenance.
Self-priming siphons, water driven siphons and powered siphons are able to
provide far more in terms of usability and functionality than their traditional
siphon works when one end of a hose is lower than the submerged portion. To
start the flow of water, a traditional siphon needs to be primed, which is generally
done by treating the hose like a straw. Once enough water is inside the hose,
gravity takes over and the flow begins. A self-priming siphon acts much the
same way, but eliminates the possibility of a mouthful of dirty aquarium water.
For just a few dollars, the unpleasantness of a sip of old tank water can be
avoided, which makes self-priming siphons a necessity for many tank
This is one of the most popular types of siphons on the
market today. Instead of priming the hose with a hand pump or your mouth,
suction is created by a stream of water originating from a faucet. Water from
the tank can be transferred directly to the sink and can be reversed to put
water back into the tank. This simplifies water changes and makes for a bucket
and spill-free system, which removes mess from the regular maintenance
equation. Water driven siphons can be found in lengths ranging from fifty to
seventy-five feet and can be obtained from well-stocked aquarium professionals.
There are a few ways to get the benefits of a powered siphon
in your home tank. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is to attach a
valve attachment to the tank’s filter. By taking advantage of the filter’s
suction, the attached hose can be used as a vacuum, with the dirty water being
sent directly to the filter.
This method eliminates the need for buckets and also doesn’t depend on hoses
running through your home. The only real draw-back to this system is that a
strong filter is required. It may not be ideal for already operating tanks, but
for anyone looking to start a new system, a powered siphon is an option that
should be considered.
For some aquarium enthusiasts, a traditional siphon is an
ideal means to an end. For those looking for a cleaner way to achieve their
tank maintenance goals, there are many solutions available. If you’re a little
unsure of how to proceed or which type of siphon would be best for your unique home
and tank, it never hurts to visit an aquarium specialist. The finest in the
industry carry over fifteen-thousand products, one of which is sure to be the
perfect answer for your needs.