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Old 10-27-2013, 08:05 PM   #1
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how to fight detritus on sand bed?

Hey guys I have another question. How do you all fight detritus on your sand bed? I do siphon the top of my sand bed to keep it clean. I have pretty good water movement probably a little much. I dont have the powerheads pointing at the sand because it does make a mess. I do weekly water changes with rodi my meter says that I have 0.01 ppm in the out. I did buy new filters about to put them in. But what causes detritus to occur? To me it seems to pile up after water changes. And advice would be great. Thanks
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:58 PM   #2
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I am no expert but sand sifting starfish, crabs and snails help. Also, there is a blenny that sifts the sand that helps.
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Old 10-27-2013, 11:07 PM   #3
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Having good flow in your tank will prevent poop and food from settling on your sandbed. I've tried a variety of guys to sift through the sandbed.

I like nar sous snails and a conch, but I have a pretty established sandbed to keep them fed. I'd avoid a sand sifting starfish as they require so much food from the sandbed they usually always starve and die under the sand, you won't know where it's decamping and cause issues. Either way, they still poop and aren't a true solution to a problem.
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Old 10-27-2013, 11:24 PM   #4
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How big of a tank? Some tangs such as orange shoulder or chevron ($$$) will eat detritus in addition to algae. So if yours is big enough for either then problem might be solved.
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Old 10-28-2013, 02:14 AM   #5
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By far the best way is to keep enough flow in the tank that the detritus doesn't get a chance to sit on the sand bed and can be collected by mechanical filtration.
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Old 10-28-2013, 02:38 AM   #6
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By far the best way is to keep enough flow in the tank that the detritus doesn't get a chance to sit on the sand bed and can be collected by mechanical filtration.
Agreed, don't rely on fish and inverts to clean up the crap, although they are helpful. Solve the problem don't band aid it.
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Old 10-28-2013, 03:12 AM   #7
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Clean up is actually very important in this case. My turnover rate is 45 times the size of the aquarium (1800 GPH in a 40 gallon breeder) and sometimes the poop stays at the bottom. That's a lot of flow and I still rely on my CUC.
Also, it's hard to say much here because the OP has not said anything about his/her aquarium. Certain fish are just heavy poppers and their poop will stick to the bottom. If all the OP has is small fish then technically a good flow should take care of the problem. But we simply don't know it for fact.
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:59 AM   #8
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I like my 2 conch they do a great job In my 55g. How much do you feed and how often? I can't remember if you said what your parameters were?
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I don't think "higher flowrates" is the answer here. as previously mentioned, we need to know what fish are in the tank. for instance my Lt. Tangs poop immediately sinks to the bottom, no matter what. so knowing what fish are in the tank will help
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I have 125. With 2 jebao wp40. Two clowns, about 10 blue legs, 2 conch, 2 cleaner shrimp, 3 turbo snails and countless naz snails.
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