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Old 07-01-2010, 03:37 PM   #1
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Best Detritus Removal Method from Rocks

What's the best way to remove detritus from your live rock?

If I point a powerhead at the rocks and blow the detritus out of the rock, will a Skimmer get most of it out of the water column?

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skimmers aren't there to do that,whats your setup
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skimmers aren't there to do that,whats your setup
55 gallon tank, 3" sandbed, 60 lbs of live rock, HOB Skimmer, HOB Powerfilter running carbon/denitrate.
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Whats you CUC like? IME you are going to get some stuff that settles on the rock unless you have a ton of flow all around your tank.
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Whats you CUC like? IME you are going to get some stuff that settles on the rock unless you have a ton of flow all around your tank.

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The best way is just to go over them with a siphon when you are doing your water change. Usually sucks most of that stuff out pretty well. Don't worry about keeping your rocks super clean. Just give them a good cleaning every month or so.
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I would get a couple hermits, they are pretty good at picking up a decent amount of stuff.
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Just use a turkey baster and blow it off the rocks about once a month. Don't worry about where it goes as alot of it will be eaten by your corals and feather dusters. My Tank is over 2 yrs now and I have never syphoned anything in my DT.
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I either use a baster or a small ph while doing a PWC. Most of the stuff (sand) just settles back on the rocks again, but some is taken out with the water change.
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Just use a turkey baster and blow it off the rocks about once a month. Don't worry about where it goes as alot of it will be eaten by your corals and feather dusters. My Tank is over 2 yrs now and I have never syphoned anything in my DT.
This is my method. And the coral like it!
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