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         Project: A Gadget To Help Keep The Aquascape Clean

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.



debby says...
Great idea. I executed a poor version for myself.


19th May 2014 10:51am
Awilson500 says...
Very clever... I have a pump that I just might convert for this. Thank you!
GlassReef: Thanks! You won't be sorry you took the time to build one of these. They really get the gunk out, even from places you can't reach with a brush or turkey baster.
23rd November 2010 3:27am

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