Aquarium Cleaning Machine; Review
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Aquarium Cleaning Machine Myths & Review: UPDATED 4/04/12
The Aquarium Cleaning Machine is no longer available as of early 2012, and based on disrespectful & unprofessional behavior by the owner (as well as Dr. Foster & Smith role in the demise in this product), I can no longer recommend this product if it ever gets back into production.
So most of this review has been removed.
Unfortunately for consumers this was an excellent product, however poor management by the owner including his decision to go around the original aquarium professionals who got this product off the ground by then selling only to Dr. Foster & Smith who allegedly never provided proper instructions and then shipped multiple units back to the distributor and manufacturer.
Then end result was the manufacturer being overwhelmed with returns and professional sellers dumping the product. This eventually took the manufacturer of the "Aquarium Cleaning Machine" out of business.
Sadly similar alleged behavior by Dr. Foster & Smith also resulted in Quality Pets & Aquatronics demise (this company is definitely not a favorite of many in the industry).
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Consider the Eheim Sludge Remover as an alternative for aquariums up to 75 gallon.
This battery powered sludge removing vacuum is excellent for removing organic mulm resulting in lower nitrates or a more stable KH/alkalinity in an aquarium with a high bio load.
I recommend using this product in between water changes to remove organic debris from under rocks, decorations, or simply stagnant areas of the aquarium.
This is also an excellent tool when fish are over fed or in quarantine tanks where marginal filtration is often present so as to remove and uneaten food or particulates that may lead to ammonia spikes.
Another aspect of this Eheim Sludge remover is its simplicity of operation and cost (as compared to the discontinued APV-100 Aquarium Cleaning Machine)
Other suggest Reading, Websites, Forums:
For an honest, knowledgeable forum, I would recommend visiting “Everything Aquatic”
For the most accurate, researched information in aquarium lighting, where the information is regularly updated, including having the humility to correct errors when new information presents itself: Aquarium Lighting; Facts & Information
For only the best in True UV-C Replacement Bulbs, Lamps: UV Bulbs