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Old 03-31-2005, 02:10 PM   #1
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Sand Question

This may be a daft question, but here goes...

I have build up of Algae (and fish waste!) on the sand in my Marine tank. What is the best way to get rid of it? Do I replace the sand, or just mix it about. I am not sure what to do, as I don't really want to kick up lots of dust.

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Old 03-31-2005, 02:25 PM   #2
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Use the water-sucker-outter thing and just suck it up during a water change.
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Old 03-31-2005, 02:26 PM   #3
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Algae is product of excess nutrients in the water, such as phosphates which can be found in tap water. Are you using RO/DI or tap water? It can also start because of over feeding, old lightbulbs, or a long light cycle. Finding the source of the algae is the best way to rid your tank of it. You can also get some snails to help.

As for the detritus, what kind of cleaning crew do you have? A good cleaning crew can defintely help with excess detritus. You can also mix the sand up and let your filter do some of the work.
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Old 03-31-2005, 02:28 PM   #4
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Or you could use the water-sucker-outter thing. (Good one JP. )
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Or you could use the water-sucker-outter thing. (Good one JP. )
Dude, you dont wanna know what I really call them... or maybe you do! ROFL

What are they really called?
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Old 03-31-2005, 02:52 PM   #6
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I call them gravel vacuums.

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Can you get a pic or describe the algae? Different types are caused by different things. Cyano and hair algaes are caused by phosphates etc. Brown algaes are caused by silicates.
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The Algae is the common stuff (Not Hair or Brown). My tank is only 3 months old, so only have a clown, damsel and 2 x chromies. When doing a water change I use tap water.

I there a marine equivalant of a Freshwater Plec I could get to clean up?
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