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Old 07-17-2014, 12:26 PM   #11
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I have a pistol shrimp and goby pair in a 8 gallon nano at work.


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Old 07-17-2014, 12:37 PM   #12
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On the subject of vacuuming the sand bed. I say no. I stir my sand bed and clean my glass once a month when I do my water Changes The filter will pick up most of the detritus and then you can rinse your filter sponges. You will be surprised at how clear the water will be after your finished. It may be different with deep sand beds. Although I have a 2 1/2 inch sand bed in my 20 gallon long and I stir that as well. You will also need high flow during this process, this will help suspend the detritus so it can enter into the filtration system.


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Low suction on my vac for the sand in my 125 gallon with my oscar. Need to vacuum it, don't want all that large debris going in the filter. It's a fairly deep bed around 1.5 inches and I can push the vac right into it. I don't like debris being left to the filter on any tank. The filters job is to process the chems in the water not break down large debris. Your tank will be much healthier if you get that out and not let it in the filter. In fact put a sponge over the intake to help keep it out. So if you don't want to restrict the flow on your vac by reducing hose size or pinching hose off slightly, just hover the vac above the sand and it will suck up debris but not sand.
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