The dreaded shop-vac as a pond vac thread


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Thanks Stephen, I like the cost and the ease of it but it's not debris so much as snot algae. It would clog up that net too quickly to be useful. I appreciate the suggestion though. :)
 
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It works just like a small gold dredge, here's the claims on the add for this one (costs around $20)
Those work great for picking up woody-leafy debris, but fine material, fish poo and uneaten food goes through the mesh bag. They really stir up the mulm on the bottom and make the water cloudy, which is good if you want the filters to catch it; but it can kill your water quality, especially if you have a lot of anaerobic crud on the bottom.
 
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Woohoo I'm excited.
To vacuum.
Again. Lol
Thanks Meyer, as always you are super helpful.
Tbendl, I am wondering how the shop vac worked out last year? I am currently trying to decide what to buy to clean up the muck.

Thanks!
 
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@AdrianaLevef - T hasn't been around the forum much lately, but I can tell you she didn't use the shop vac. Read the thread and you'll see she decided to get a pond vac instead. A shop vac isn't really designed for pond cleaning - pond vacs are much more efficient if you have the need for one.
 
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I have a pond vac. It works very well for me.
 
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Explain how you did that - it looks good!
I used I 16 gallon shop vac with a built in pump. The pump drains the dirty water while the vac is in use. Every 5 minutes or so, I would have to pause to give the pump time to catch up, since it vacuums water in faster than it pumps water out. It was very satisfying to see all that gunk disappear. I intentionally left some behind to keep the bacterial colonies.
 
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What kind of shop vac is this? I've never seen anything like that! (Says the girl who knows zero about shop vacs - shopping, yes. Vacuuming, yes. Shop vacs - not so much!)
 
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I don’t know that much either, but here is what it looks like. I ordered it from amazon. It works like a standard shop vac for most jobs but has the ability to be a pump vac or a blower as well.
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