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my greatest DIY ever

I have done many DIY projects, but this has to be the best one. Not because of price or looks or anything. Just because of how functional it is.

 

I don't know if any of you have done this already, but I wanted to share anyway.

 

This is the Pico cleaner 2012.

 

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My pico is bare bottom and I have struggled with getting airline tubing down to the bottom without overflowing my tank. With rigid tubing attached to soft airline tubing, gunk siphoning is a breeze.

 

How I did it

Get some 3/16 thin walled rigid tubing

some airline tubing

a heat source (I used a lighter)

A pill bottle

 

Heat the rigid tubing just a little so it is pliable, then mold your bend over the pill bottle. Cut tubing to necessary length, then attach airline tubing.

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The joys of simple successes am I right.

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for those with pico sand beds that want to siphon the sant use a 1/2 in rigid pipe. cut to length..silicone rigid air tube in one end makking sure not to plug the air tubing totally.. after cured attach air tubing.. now you made a pico sand bed cleaner...

 

I donno why i just thought everyone was doing these things in picos already.. if not HTH.

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sent you a pm but is it 3/16 internal or outer diameter?

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I believe the outside is 3/16

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thanks mate, ignore my second pm then lol

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Lol. Too late.

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I need something like this. Where'd you get that stiff tubing?

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i ordered it from ebay acrylic tube

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What exactly does this do?

 

 

It is a siphon tube. For siphoning gunk out of the aquarium. With rigid tubing it is easier to direct the end of the tube where you want it to go.

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A little brush on it would make it even better!

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For siphoning gunk out of the aquarium.

 

Huzzah! Excellent. I may have to build this.

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A little brush on it would make it even better!

 

 

That is a good idea. I have not had much need for a brush, but if I do, maybe drilling a hole though a toothbrush head would work.

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only problem with a brush on the end would be that you would make it bigger and therefore fit in less places......but i have plenty of tube coming so i could make 2(one normal and one brushed)

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Very true. If you make it, post some pics.

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i will do but ill start with the normal one first to see how i get on.

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tada!!

 

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will try and get one made with a little brush at some point ;)

Edited by owlbassboy

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tada!!

 

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will try and get one made with a little brush at some point ;)

 

 

Nice it came out really well.

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and incredibly easy lol, i heated it over the electric hob instead of my lighter as i was scared the lighter would blacken the acrylic.

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The lighter does make it black. But it wipes off

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I made a little bit of a cheaper version on a thincker hose i just stuffed a pen in one end and it fit tightly.Its a little shorter but it does help.

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