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Old 07-11-2006, 11:30 PM   #1
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Detritus

I have alot of detritus on my sandbed in my 75G right now. I've tried to blow it with a turkey blaster but it keep settling on the rock and sandbed again after a few hours. Anyone have better idea of getting rid of this stuff? Mayb some kind of snails, cucumbers, or critters that would consume this?

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I vaccum mine off with a small gravel vaccum. Works like a charm.
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Good idea devilish, i'll do a WC today so i could vaccum the sandbed

There is alot on my LR also. I tried blowing it off but it keeps settling back somewhere else
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vac the rock also.
any crabs or snails?
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When I do a wc I take my turkey baster and blow everything off of the rocks and then I vacuum. That has worked best for me.
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I have like 25 astrea snails and 15 hermit crabs

I can't really vac the rock. The rock is full of holes.

swjunkie, are ur pumps on when u blow the rock?
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Yes, I dont turn anything off. When I blow it off it gets all stirred up and then as soon as I am done vacuuming I lift the vacuum up slightly and suck up all the stuff floating in the water.
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Maybe try some nassarius snails also. They kinda keep the sand bed stirred up 'cause they live under it.
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Yes, I dont turn anything off. When I blow it off it gets all stirred up and then as soon as I am done vacuuming I lift the vacuum up slightly and suck up all the stuff floating in the water.
Then i did the same thing u did. I blew the rock while the pumps were on, then i vaccum the sandbed. Detrius just keeps flying around then resettle in the caves. Well, this tank has been moved recently, that's y there is ALOT of detrius.

Thanks for the suggestion austin, i think i'll get some nass.

You guys think i could get a couple of yellow cucumbers to get rid of this stuff once my tank is stable?
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I have a couple turbo snails, hermit crabs, nassarius snails, serpent star. and I dont see very much detritus in my tank. every once in a while I will see a little on the sand bed but it dont stay there long. When I was having that prob. someone told me about the nassarius snails so I bought a couple. I dont have that problem any longer. I am not sure if they are the reason or if it is just that everything I have works together.
Thank You Austinsdad for reminding me about that.
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