cleaning sand bed

Discussion in 'Sand' started by DSC reef, Sep 3, 2014.

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  1. Va Reef

    Va Reef Giant Squid

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    So to get this straight, every week, you completely siphon out all your sand and put it back into the tank?
     
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  3. SaltyClown

    SaltyClown Sea Dragon

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    No no, that would drive me nuts. I siphon out all the waste that's in the sand, with a gravel vac. The sand gets sucked up a few inches, then I pinch the hose the reduce the siphon, making the sand fall back in place.
     
  4. Bucsfan

    Bucsfan Flamingo Tongue

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    I'm going to pick one of those up and try the same thing. I also HATE the look of that brown gunk just underneath the top of the sand bed.
     
  5. DSC reef

    DSC reef Giant Squid

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    I've tried the siphon and it doesn't work well for me. Bare bottom with starboard is in my future. I'm gonna do a tank reset or upgrade soon so I have to make up my mind. I got a bit of Tongan stick rock curing at the moment so my sps can get off the bottom of the tank.