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Old 05-30-2005, 06:56 PM   #1
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how do you keep your LR clean?

It seems that no matter how often I blast my LR with a PH / turkey baster, or how much junk I suck up with an airline tube, it takes no time at all (like 1 day) and my LR is covered in that white, dusty looking waste junk again.

How clean do I need to keep my LR? Maybe it's not as bad as I think it is? I feel like it needs daily attention.

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Old 05-30-2005, 07:04 PM   #2
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have lots of flow in your tank
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Old 05-30-2005, 07:53 PM   #3
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have lots of flow in your tank
I intended to mention this in my initial post -- I have lots of flow can't remember the exact GPH off the top of my head but I could calculate it again -- my featherdusters & polyps sway like a tree in a stiff breeze -- I thought it would be too much for them but they don't seem to mind... do I need PHs blasting directly on every rock surface 24/7? Seems like a lot, but maybe that's what it takes...?
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What do you have for a cleanup crew in there? for ex: hermits, snails, crabs, shrimp, etc....
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i have 1600 gph in my 80g tank. I have a closed loop system with 4 hydor flow attachements and two open outlets. they hydors rotade 360 deg and clean most of the debris from my LR
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swissfish how did you setup the closedloop? do you have any pics of it?
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What do you have for a cleanup crew in there? for ex: hermits, snails, crabs, shrimp, etc....
This is an interesting point -- my cleanup crew has been decreasing in size recently (I suspect mantis). I didn't think, however, than they would help with this type of problem -- will replenishing my snail/hermit population help keep the LR free of this dusty-type waste?

I hadn't intended to add additional hermits & snails until the mantis was located & removed (this has proved very difficult).
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Yes snails and hermits will do a awesome job of removing excess waste and help keep your LR clean. Especially Hermits. They clean the LR all day and night in my tank and dont ever have waist.
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swissfish how did you setup the closedloop? do you have any pics of it?
no pics yet might go and look for the camera later on.
I basicly just put a T into the returnline and looped the hose arount the tank. I then put t's in the hose where i thought it would be apropriate.

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how long has the tank been set up. Where is the dust coming from? Is your flow too much and blowing sand around?
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