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Old 10-29-2013, 02:11 PM   #1
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Sediment in sump

I have noticed recently that there is some sediment appearing in the bottom of my sump. Should I be trying to clean this out or is it beneficial? If I should be cleaning what is the best method?

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Old 10-29-2013, 02:17 PM   #2
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I have the same issue in my first chamber. I am interested to see what others say.
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Old 10-29-2013, 02:33 PM   #3
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I clean it out with a small pump and tube and only about once a month. Your overflow/skimmer is doing its job if you see sediment in your sump.
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Good to hear! Thanks.
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:34 PM   #5
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Yes it's certainly the sump you would want to see sediment however too much of it won't be beneficial in the long term.

Depending on the size of the sump you can siphon it out into a bucket or as mention use a small pump to suck it out. I usually clean out the first and second section of my sump once every couple of months.
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I do it manually with a turkey baster every once in a while, when i see it building.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:26 PM   #7
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That is great, will add that to my cleaning routine.

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Old 10-29-2013, 07:43 PM   #8
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I do everything with a turkey baster. I feed the fish with one, clean the sump, dose cal, alk and mg...lol They should come with your tank imo...
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A filter sock will prevent buildup in the sump and you won't have to work so hard in the end.
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I have a aqueon pro flex with 2 filter socks but it still builds up but the socks filter a lot of stuff!
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