Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 10-14-2006, 03:36 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: GP, OR
Posts: 45
My sand...

I've only been doing SW for about 2 months and I have a quick question:

Do I need to "vacuum" my sand? I know in my FW tanks that you need to gravel vac fairly regularly, but I wasn't sure if I nee dto in SW. I have lots of crabs and snails and I was thinking about getting a Diamond Goby too, but again what is the recommendation?
__________________

__________________
Asher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2006, 03:45 PM   #2
AA Team Emeritus
 
Devilishturtles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Frederick, Maryland
Posts: 8,544
Send a message via Yahoo to Devilishturtles
I vaccum my sand, just to get the gunk off of it. If you have a good amount of sand sifters, I doubt it's needed very often. I like to keep the sand looking clean though, so I vaccum lightly with each water change.
__________________

__________________
-Lindsay

Live in the Western MD/West Virginia/DC Metro Area?
Join our very active regional forum Here

Like the advice someone just gave you? Add to their reputation! Click on the balance icon underneath their username and let them know.
Devilishturtles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2006, 10:18 PM   #3
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,249
I have two sand sifting gobies that keep my sand turned over and clean. No vaccuuming here.
__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2006, 10:31 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
lando's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Savage, MN
Posts: 7,889
Sand sifters and good janitors are the key. I have never used the vac on my sand bed.
__________________
Some people are like slinkies...they serve no real purpose yet can still bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs!:p
Have a great day! Brian
lando is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2006, 11:48 AM   #5
AA Team Emeritus
 
roka64's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 13,860
Send a message via AIM to roka64 Send a message via Yahoo to roka64
I don't do mine, but I agree with the rest. Get some sand stirrers and sifters and you should be good to go. I would also becareful, if you have a DSB, you could release nasty gas pockets.
__________________
Age is relative, you are only as old as you act....of course, this works in reverse....

Questions loved, heeded advice greatly appreciated!

Vote for AA
Good reading about:
Nitrogen Cycle
Fishless Cycling
Need more help?
Articles
Acronym List

--Scott
roka64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2006, 12:03 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 6
a lot of nitrifiing bacteria live in your sand.vacuuming would do more harm than good
__________________
flareef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2006, 06:25 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 80
Send a message via AIM to DreamerTheresa
Quote:
Originally Posted by roka64
I don't do mine, but I agree with the rest. Get some sand stirrers and sifters and you should be good to go. I would also becareful, if you have a DSB, you could release nasty gas pockets.

I'm assuming that you'd release the gasses by vacuuming, and not by having sand sifters?
__________________
DreamerTheresa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2006, 08:46 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 682
What is a DSB? This is not the first time I have heard it :/
__________________
Jarred Darque is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2006, 09:03 PM   #9
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,249
Just run your cursor over it and it will tell you Deep Sand Bed. Most sifters will only go about 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep in the bed where vacuuming goes much deeper esp if your not familiar with what to do.
__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2006, 09:11 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
lando's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Savage, MN
Posts: 7,889
DSB = deep sand bed. In theory, it is a sand base of 6+ inches of LS that creates an anaerobic environment for benefical bacteria to thrive. The down side is it can also trap pockets of toxic gas that, when released, can foul your tank. I prefer to stick with a sand bed of 3 inches and provide plenty of LR for my biological filtration.
__________________

__________________
Some people are like slinkies...they serve no real purpose yet can still bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs!:p
Have a great day! Brian
lando is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
sand

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tahitian Moon Black Sand/ Moonlight White Aquarium Sand angels004 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 13 06-07-2005 09:44 PM
Sand sifting starfish staying out of the sand at night Scatcat Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral 3 04-21-2005 10:41 AM
Barebottom substrate or 1/2 -1" sand non-deep sand bed? luckycat Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 1 04-12-2005 05:52 PM
Pleco's and Pool Filter Sand - Update - Added Sand Today! :) noteworthy Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 10 01-02-2005 01:40 PM
need live sand in Dallas Fort Worth, TX or Southdown Sand LionStorm Archive 3 07-30-2003 12:42 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:07 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.