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Old 11-02-2013, 06:43 PM   #1
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Sand bed cleaning

I how can I clean my sand bed it's covered in red algae want that out with the sand to stay how can I do it without losing my sand and live stuff in it thanks
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Old 11-02-2013, 08:54 PM   #2
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My suggestion is to siphon out any of the red algae off any of the sand bed or rock work. Make sure your doing regular water changes and increase your water flow... (Add a power head or position the power heads differently)... More circulation is key and always make sure your water parameters are up to par! I'm sure others with more experience can give you more advice. hope this helps though.
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Old 11-02-2013, 09:38 PM   #3
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Yep, if you have cyano, red slime algae, siphon what you can, just skim over the surface of the sand being careful not to disturb it as much as possible.
Increased flow and reduced feeding and lighting schedule can help combat the cyano from returning.
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Can I syphon my sand bed through a filter sock then back into my sump removing all the red algae from my sand bed
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I wouldn't. That sand will still have cyano on it. Just because you can't see it doesn't mean it's not there. The reality is that most tanks have cyano. The key is to figure out why it is flourishing. The major first step is eliminating nitrates. Also increase your flow over your sand bed. When I was brand new to the hobby I had to cut my feeding and increased my water changes two fold for a month to eradicate the visual slime. This will be a patience game. But if you do it right this time you will be better off down the road.

Also check out reef cleaners website. They have some interesting insight into clean up crews that they say will help with cyano (I believe they mean more of a preventative than eradication) may be a good start
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Cyano is a nutrient issue. Common to see in the beginning of new tanks, but if not taken care if can continue to cause other problems if it doesn't show back up as cyano.

Clean up crews won't solve the issue, as you are just adding another pooping creature. Cut back on feeding, siphon out the cyano before water changes, use water with less phosphate/nitrates in it...aka distilled or ro/di at best.
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Yep, if you have cyano, red slime algae, siphon what you can, just skim over the surface of the sand being careful not to disturb it as much as possible. Increased flow and reduced feeding and lighting schedule can help combat the cyano from returning.

With a 2" sand bottom what could happen if you disturb it too much ?
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With a 2" sand bottom what could happen if you disturb it too much ?
What I've done in the past was instead of siphoning the sand bed (like you would with gravel if you've done freshwater before) I take that last part apart and just use the plastic tube and just suck the cyano out with that. It doesn't disturb the sand bed but just make sure you keep an eye on it bc you can suck up sand very easy that way. Just go over the surface of the sand bed.
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Ok thanks all for that will a temp it at the weekend and get back to you all thanks
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Old 11-06-2013, 10:58 PM   #10
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Clean up crews won't solve the issue, as you are just adding another pooping creature. Cut back on feeding, siphon out the cyano before water changes, use water with less phosphate/nitrates in it...aka distilled or ro/di at best.
absolutely. I hope my post didn't sound like adding a CUC would fix this. I was merely stating that that website may have some insight into prevention for the future.

But absolutely cut back on feeding and do more frequent water changes
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