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Old 06-06-2005, 09:27 PM   #1
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Cleaning the Sand?

My substrate is sand based I was wondering what is the best way to clean the debris off the top. I thought that you could use one of the tub cleaners, but would the sand be sucked up with the debris? Thanks for all the help
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Some sand gets sucked up but at least it gets it clean. Or you can buy sand cleaner critters
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The Llynasa (sp?) snails that I have in my tank now are excellent sand sifters. In fact, it's all they do all day. When you feed, out they come.

If you want, you can use a regualr gravel vaccum without alot of sand loss.
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I just use the syphon but I take the big thing off and go direct tube about 1/2 over sand. Some sand gets sucked up but no noticible difference after about 8 months of doing it. I have snails and things but they will never get all the detritus that comes from things in LR and fish.
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I don't ever clean my sand. I have a large hermit crab that takes care of it for me. Just get a cleaning crew and they will take care of it for you.

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I don't ever clean my sand. I have a large hermit crab that takes care of it for me. Just get a cleaning crew and they will take care of it for you.

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I don't ever clean my sand. I have a large hermit crab that takes care of it for me. Just get a cleaning crew and they will take care of it for you.

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