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Old 02-18-2009, 10:34 PM   #1
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Question Cleaning Your Substrate

Who all here cleans their sand/substrate and who here lets their clean up crew and sand sifters do it for them?
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I try not to touch mine...leave it to the pros....(cuc)
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I agree. The only time I mess with the sand bed is when I have an issue. After the upgrade I was fighting cyano and I siphoned a lot of sand out of the tank while removing the cyano. Other then that I leave it alone and let the CUC do their job. I recently added a sand sifting star, (got it from a guy that was breaking his system down) and it is doing a fine job of turning the sand. Nassarius snails do the rest.
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I vacuum the top 1" or so of mine, but just in the front (where most of the current dumps stuff) and only about once a month. I've probably got about 4" deep sand in that area.
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I vacuum the top 1" or so of mine, but just in the front (where most of the current dumps stuff) and only about once a month. I've probably got about 4" deep sand in that area.
I do the same except the entire tank in rows, whether it's a dsb or not.
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Between my CUC and gobies they take care of all the cleaning. No vacuuming for me.
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i also vacuum up a portion of mine every two weeks. Of course i have no sand sifters...no room for the extra bio load.
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Between my CUC and gobies they take care of all the cleaning. No vacuuming for me.
^; although I do sometimes rake and remove dead shells and rock left from failed frags.
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i also vacuum up a portion of mine every two weeks. Of course i have no sand sifters...no room for the extra bio load.
There is always room for a couple of snails and or hermits.
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