Aquarium vacuums are tools used to clean aquariums. They come in various shapes and sizes to suit different needs. Some of the bigger units can clean several aquariums at one time, some have the suction power to clean even a large pond or lake, and there are those hand-held units that can be used on a perch and move about to clean the entire aquarium. The type you choose will depend on how many fish you have, how big your aquarium is, and the amount of space available for your vacuum to work in. If you have a tank that is already set up, or if you plan to buy one, you should get an aquarium vacuum cleaner that fits the size of your tank.
Most people choose an aquarium vacuum that has a HEPA filter. HEPA filters remove particles from the water that would otherwise pass right through the filter. They are generally very good at removing smaller particles from the water, but some can remove very tiny ones that are too small to see with the naked eye. The reason the HEPA filter is better at removing small particles is because it only has to work one way – up, down, or both – instead of filtering the water throughout the entire aquarium.
You will also want a good quality vacuum cleaner. While you can buy discount models that may do a good job cleaning your aquarium, the quality of them usually leaves something to be desired. Discount models will use a cheap filter, which means it won’t remove particles, and cheap vacuum motors tend to use compressor units that can break down and wear out quickly.
When choosing an aquarium vacuum cleaner, you will also need to consider the filtration system of your aquarium. If you have a fish tank, then you probably don’t need to worry about filtering, since fish don’t like having their tails chewed up. However, if you have an established planted aquarium or waterfalls, you will probably want a filter. This can be as simple as a simple carbon filter cartridge, or as complex as a water filtration system using multiple layers of filters.
Another thing to consider is whether you will be using a power wand with your aquarium vacuum cleaner. Power wands allow you to pick up and move small items around your aquarium without having to use the suction of the vacuum cleaner itself. Power wands also typically have more suction power than a simple filter cartridge.
A final thing to consider is how often you plan on using your vacuum cleaner. Some people only want to use it once or twice a month, while others will use it daily. Using a vacuum that only removes dust a few times a month won’t do your aquarium any good if you don’t plan on using it daily.