I've always found keeping the
rocks in the display tank clean
and as free of detritus as possible
a chore. I too, used the often suggested
turkey baster to blow the crude
off. I finally decided there had
to be a better/easier way. I had
an unused Max-Jet 1200 powerhead
laying around, so I thought that
might provide a solution to the
problem. I wanted something that
would be quick and easy as the job
has to be done two or three times
a week. This is what I came up with:
I just attached the MaxiJet to
a 36" length of 1/2" PVC pipe. Works
great! I screwed the pipe to a square
piece of 1/4" extruded PVC sheet:
Then I screwed the attachment
cradle that comes with the MaxiJet
to the PVC square:
That allows the MaxJet to slide
onto the cradle - solid as a rock!
I attached the power cable
from the MaxiJet to the PVC pipe
with cable ties. When I want to
clean the rocks I just stick the
pump in the tank and plug it in.
The 36" length of the handle lets
me get right up to any rock in the
tank. If I need to get into
really tight places, I slip a
length of 1/2" PE tubing over
the Maxi-Jet's output fitting.
Fits perfectly and directs the
flow into hard to get at areas.
BTW: the stainless steel nuts
shown in the pics, above, were
just temporary until the correct
nylon nuts arrived.