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Old 01-27-2014, 09:15 AM   #51
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In the same boat as you are. I just suck up what's on the sand bed, and the sand it takes with it, I just rinse it around in the drained tank water and add it back to the tank...
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Old 01-27-2014, 09:17 AM   #52
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My problem is that I think since I have such a narrow siphon, it doesn't have the oomph to suck up the algae that is entangled with the sand, so it just tumbles in the siphon cylinder. I'll hit the LFS for a bigger one soon...and make sure that I have 20G of mixed water ready to top off..
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Old 01-27-2014, 09:24 AM   #53
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I just use the 1" hose with no attachment on it...
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Old 01-27-2014, 09:26 AM   #54
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This is what I use:
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Probably the "small". The tubing (not the cylinder) is only 5/8" O.D., I believe.
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Old 01-27-2014, 01:15 PM   #55
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I use just the 5/8 hose to siphon it sucks up and algae with ease! Some sand will come with it, but like you said once it's gone you don't need to do much with the sand!
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Old 01-27-2014, 04:53 PM   #56
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Same here. I just use the the hose without the attachment. You can find a hose at your local hardware store... Don't necessarily have to get an other vac or water changing hose. I've seen some pretty small ones at petco/petsmart for less then $10. Just use the hose part. I'm pretty sure you can get it cheaper at a hardware store but don't take my word for it. Lol. This is how I siphoned up my cyano. On occasion it appears when I skip a week of my water change. So hope you can fight it off for good! I hate cyano!
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Old 01-27-2014, 05:19 PM   #57
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I just think this is microalgae, not cyano (thank goodness), but the hose on my siphon is pretty small and just can't move the water fast enough to suck it all down. I'll stop by the hardware store this weekend and get another hose.
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I pulled out my mega-siphon that I use to change out the water on my FW tank and was able to suck off about 99% of the stuff from the sand. Hopefully it stays gone. I did 2 40% PWCs this weekend, and about 30% last night. My water is pristine, my zoas are growing like gangbusters, and everyone in there is happy (except my cleaner shrimp...when I have my hand in the tank for too long, he bites ).
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Good to hear this!
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:36 PM   #60
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I did my first PO4 test with the Hanna Checker today. It came out at 0.02ppm which I think is acceptable. I will probably continue to run phosguard to make sure that it stays in check.

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