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Old 02-05-2011, 02:06 PM   #11
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lol don't you have a problem with your sand getting sucked up, i do. if you swirl the vaccum around above the sand, you will calls all the food and poop to float around, i just suck it up when it leaves the sand
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Old 02-05-2011, 02:12 PM   #12
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lol don't you have a problem with your sand getting sucked up, i do. if you swirl the vaccum around above the sand, you will calls all the food and poop to float around, i just suck it up when it leaves the sand
Yes I do loose sand in the process, That's why I keep extra on the shelves.
I clean the sand often with every water change. And yes I mainly stay above the sand just to get what my filters did'nt.



Yes your exactly right. Good Point.
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Old 02-05-2011, 04:39 PM   #13
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I was told that I shouldn't stir the substrate up too much in my saltwater tank cuz it releases all the good bio filtration things and it takes time to build that up and I'm only supposed to clean the top inch or so.

I clean the substrate as best I can every week and also I've bin told to do 10% weekly or if I can't do that then do 20% every second week.
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But if you want the ugly to be gone, then gravel cleaning is the only way. You don't have to do it all at one time. You could do sections at a time.
And eventually you have it the way you want it.
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I was told that I shouldn't stir the substrate up too much in my saltwater tank cuz it releases all the good bio filtration things and it takes time to build that up and I'm only supposed to clean the top inch or so.

I clean the substrate as best I can every week and also I've bin told to do 10% weekly or if I can't do that then do 20% every second week.
that's not true. you can't vacuum up beneficial bacteria. you should be vacuuming that substrate with water changes. you are not going to get any DSB benefits because the grains are too large, so all you have is surface area there. if you see nitrate problems, the CC is the source.
this is why people have told you to change out the CC for sand. it holds a lot of detritus and needs regular maintenance.
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Old 02-06-2011, 03:26 PM   #16
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Here's the before I cleaned the substrate pics
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Here's my after pics of my substrate.
Still not as clean as I'd like it but hopefully the goby in there starts sifting soon
If I got an urchin would that be any good? Cuz I noticed everything sticks to them.
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Nice rockwork BTW. The green algea all over the substrate shows you that the CC is holding alot of trash and excessive nutrients. If you could do it then changing over to sand would be your best bet. If not then manually pulling up the algea by hand will be needed. Weekly PWC`s and vacuuming will be needed. It`s not that hard to change over to sand. If you are interested let us know and we will let you know how.
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Your last pic was not up before I posted. It looks 100% better. Just hand weed the rest.
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Wow man that looks great, Good Job
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