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Old 05-25-2014, 02:09 AM   #1
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Sand Siphon Advice.....

3 inch sand bed..... Is it ok to siphon it clean during water changes? I see some videos like the ones from vivid aquariums that siphons the sand. Just wondering what is your opinion. I have some astera snails and they crap ALOT!!!
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Old 05-25-2014, 03:50 AM   #2
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I have always cleaned my sand durning water changes and have never had an issue in any of my reef tanks. Get some nasarious snails depending on size and they sift through the sand and eat detritus.
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Old 05-25-2014, 03:52 AM   #3
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I never ever have siphoned my sand, you can release buildup of nasty stuff doing that. As the tank matures the sandbed actually becomes part of the biological filter. At best, siphon very lightly the top layer of sand. But you should not have anything settling on the sandbed anyways, that is a sign of inadequate flow to the area.

Thats the problem with cleanup crew, they dont make the algae and stuff disappear in reality, they just change it from green algae to poop. LOL
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I clean my sand bed every water change...I have a small 3 gallon so it's important to keep my nitrates low more so than other tanks. I find it helps keep my params more consistent
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Any luck siphoning the bed?
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Old 06-01-2014, 12:01 PM   #6
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I have ways siphoned the sand, to get rid of brown algae, or excess nasty buildup.
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Old 06-04-2014, 12:17 PM   #7
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I have a new tank that has been set up for 2 1/2 weeks with a sand bed. If I do a water change once a month, am I able to siphon the sand each month or will there be too much toxins released?
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Old 06-04-2014, 12:50 PM   #8
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I always have siphoned my sand but I do it every water change so I doubt I get much build up.
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