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Old 08-03-2013, 01:21 PM   #231
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Maintenance day question: should I use a gravel vac like I use in fresh water to stir things up a bit and get the waste up off the sand?
I would say no it's not a good idea to play with sand in DT can cause problems with nitrate and others.
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Old 08-03-2013, 05:05 PM   #232
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I'm not talking about going deep and stirring it all up. I'm reading that siphon cleaning is a regular maintenance task. Shouldn't that pull up the debris and detritus that is sitting on top of the sand?
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Old 08-03-2013, 06:02 PM   #233
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I think having a crew of sand sifters like gobies will keep the substrate in good condition without siphoning much if any.
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Old 08-03-2013, 06:08 PM   #234
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I don't siphon my sand at all and my sandbed is uber clean thanks to my large hermit crab. I never have any matter accumulate either as I have sufficient flow in the tank.
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Ok then my hermit crabs are lazy! They don't move around much at all. They mostly just stay put, half- buried in the sand. Their little hands are busy putting something in their mouths but I don't know how they can be catching anything if they never move!

I'm 2 for 2 on gobies leaping to their death. Guess i need to get a smaller mesh screen before i attempt any more of those guys.

I'm starting to second guess having the olive snails. I read that they primarily eat the micro flora that is beneficial to the rest of the tank. What do y'all think?

I just used the gravel vac to do my water change and pulled up some junk. Then when adding my water back in all sorts if "dust" got stirred up off the live rock. Die off I guess. I'm thinking I should have agitated that a bit before I took the water out?
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I usually take a powerhead or a turkey baster and blast off the accumulated matter from the rocks before I drain the water that way I suck up alot of it.
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Id get rid of the olive snails bad news IMO. You might want to look into reefcleaners They have a package that will give you a great deal of good snails/hermits I got mine from them last year and havent had to touch my sandbed at all.
One thing though is order next smaller package. John loads them so you get way more than you ordered
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+1 for reefcleaners.com that's the only guys I use since day one and they call me every six months to re-up if needed great spot. John is a great guy to deal with.
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+2 Yep, John is the greatest. He carries only reef safe cuc as well so you know youre not going to get anything that can harm your corals or fish. he also has a great algae reference guide on the site, very very helpful.

Like mentioned though, if you order the pack for your size tank it will be too too many critters. i generally order half what is recommended and even then it's more than enough.
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+1 for reefcleaners.com that's the only guys I use since day one and they call me every six months to re-up if needed great spot. John is a great guy to deal with.
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