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Old 02-04-2011, 07:18 PM   #1
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How do i keep my substrate clean?

Hey everyone I was just wondering how does everyone keep their substrate so nice and clean? Mine used to be clean because I had a orange spot sleeper goby and he would sift the sand and keep it really clean but he got out of my tank and died and I've got another one but he's super small and I thought he died up until last night cuz I finally seen him again but all he does is hide and he hasn't cleaned anything.... I got like lots of different kinds of snails and hermit crabs but is there something else that will really focus on the substrate? Maybe an urchin or something? Any suggestions will help greatly
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yep i definatly like the second one better :P shes cute :P
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yep i definatly like the second one better :P shes cute :P
I could'nt agree more. lol
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So how would you pull out plants to clean if you have a live planted tank?
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So how would you pull out plants to clean if you have a live planted tank?

If it were me I'd go around them. Or just hit the very surface with out touching the base of the plant.
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if your substate is sand then vacumming it isn't really an option, you'd suck it all in the bucket with the water. plus most poo and food don't since bellow the surface of the sand so you can place the vac a few inches above the sance and just swirl it around to get all the particals floating and suck all the crap up while its off the sand
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You still clean gravel the same way. There is no easy way IMO. You have to do it on a regular basis, or it will build up and be nasty. Also all the other problems that come if you don't keep your aquarium clean.

I can't really think of anything else, Maybe some type of sludge destroyer.

Maybe some of the salt water guy's have some tricks up their sleeves.

But IMO there really is no other way. Every time you do a water change I would be cleaning that substrate And you should be probally be doing 30% instead of 10%.

This is how clean substrate is when you take the time to vacume it. And who say's you can't vacume sand. I do it all the time. At least when I do PWC's.

So when you do it send us Before and After Pics.
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Old 02-05-2011, 01:27 PM   #10
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Check this link out:

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