The dreaded shop-vac as a pond vac thread

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    Sigh
    I made a mistake, I bought a steam mop. Don't ask me why but it has kindled a desire to mop and vacuum EVERYTHING... Including the pond, (I know I'm sure this is a common indicator of a brain tumor but whatever, I digress).
    Soooo, I always have a ton of snot hanging out in the bottom of the pond which when it gets super hot it floats up during the day to greet you before sinking to snooze at night.
    And while I was steam mopping I thought about asking you fine upstanding pond folk about how/why/if I could modify a 10 gallon shop-vac to do some quick bottom and stream cleaning.
    Yes yes I'd love an Oase Pondvac, I'm just looking at the $300 difference between that and my "on sale price reduced" shop vac.
    So I guess I'm asking if it sucks or not?
     
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    Pond snot! LOL!
     
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    Your link is to the standard wet/dry vacuum. It does not have a built-in pump. I believe that Walmart On-line carries the 10 gallon with the pump. Gonna cost more, but worth it.
     
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    Oh... Hmm Ok I'll have to look at that again. It took me back to the Lowes page for a price and I assumed it was the same thing.
    What is the difference between a standard one and one with a built in motor?
     
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    They both have motors, but one is able to pump the water out of the canister where the standard model can not.
     
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    Funny, I bought my wife a steam mop and it did nothing to fuel her interest in house cleaning.:rolleyes: Don't try it in the pond T.
     
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    OH MY GOSH! I love my steam mop! My kids got it for me for my birthday and I was thrilled! If you have dogs and mud, you need a steam mop. Or people and mud. Or just mud. Get a steam mop everyone! @tbendl did you get a Shark? I found I needed more than the two pads that came with the machine, so I bought extras on Amazon that I like SOOO much better than the ones that came with the machine. They are an off-brand of some kind, but boy do they work great!

    Commercial over. I know nothing about the rest of this topic, so I'll be quiet now!
     
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    lol tbendl I don't get pond snot, but did at one time, ages ago, try to vacuum my pond with a shop vac. I added a pump thing to do so it would pump the water out, but the shop vac did not have the suck power to suck up from the bottom of my pond. So first and last attempt to vac the pond, I leave it be now, net the bottom now and then, like every few years, never much stuff in it.
     
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    Hahaha I LOVE mine! Between a dog, 2 cats, the hubs, and me tracking pond dirt in all the time I am freaking in love with it, (my family thinks I'm nuts) I got a Bissell.
     
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    Ahhhh so the standard one I'd have to empty all the time. Ok I will do some more research today. Thank you!
     
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    I just want your pond! I think because mine is so much smaller and we have the ridiculous heat that maybe that's why I get the snot. I can net up the big stuff but would really like to be able to hit that other stuff with a vacuum a few times a year.
    @Meyer Jordan did you have any special attachments to make sure you didn't suck up the fish?
     
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    Yupper...that the same make of vac Meyer mentioned up above and says he uses.
     
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    Thanks Moonshadow, that shop-vac site was a little confusing since they all say they have built in motors. :)
     
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    That is a good model but I really think for your purposes the smaller 10 gallon model would be more suitable. Compare the air flow (CFM) between the tow models. The 14 gallon model generates 2.5 times the suction as the 10 gallon. (135 cfm compared to 56 cfm.) 56 cfm will be less of an issue if you are concerned about the fish but still powerful enough to pick-up pond sediment. Fish normally avoid vacuums as it is foreign to their environment.
    https://www.shopvac.com/product/shop-vac-10-gallon-5-0-peak-hp-wet-dry-pump-vac-catnum:5821027
     
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    That's the one I originally was looking at but it's out of stock at Wal-Mart. There's no huge rush so I'll look around some more and see if I can find the smaller vac. That pond snot is pretty heavy nasty stuff though. Lol
    Thanks Meyer, you are always so helpful.
     
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    I have never vacuumed up a fish with my pond vac and the fish love to be right where I have the nozzle. :)
     
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    Cas what do you have? That makes me feel better although would it make a difference if my pond vac was "suckier" than yours? Lol
     
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