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Hi, I need help with my search for a dip tube. Back in the day before Big tanks,power filters, etc. we frequently used these simple devices to spot clean our tanks. I found the info as to what they are, but no source of supply. Any leads out there? Thanks for any help you can give. BBF

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Wow.  There's a name I haven't heard of in years. LOL  A dip tube folks is a piece of plastic/glass tube about 12-18" long.  You put your finger/thumb over it and insert it into the water over an area to be cleaned on the substrate.  Remove the finger, the water rushes in taking the dirt with it up the tube.

 

I don't think it's even available in the hobby much anymore with all the new fangled devices.  The advantage is it is small, self contained and uses no outside source like running water or electricity.

 

Big Blue Frog, your best bet would be to check sites selling vintage things.  Wait.... here's one from Ebay for ya.  Only has a day left though if you want it: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-LONGLIFE-Aqua-Matic-Dip-Tube-Charcoal-Filter-Cartridges-/251858915916?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3aa3f6124c

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I use a racking cane. Buy one from a beer supply store for five bucks or order some plastic tubing and bend it yourself for a custom job. Mine is probably 3/8 or so. Put tubing over the other end and use mouth to start siphon. Works great for me for uneaten foods or a quick spot clean and too small for shrimp. I remove that black piece.

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You can also hook up some tubing and a 100ML syringe and pull up a little at a time. In total that would be like ten bucks for the cane, tubing, syringe. Just a thought instead of searching for something long lost.

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