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Old 11-03-2013, 03:55 PM   #1
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Whats the best way to clean the sand un my tank?

I have a 55 gallon aquarium. Fish include: coral beauty, red chromis, yellow coris wrasse, yellowtail damsel and a volitin lionfish. I have a few hermit crabs and that's it. In some spots of the tank the sand is covered in a thick layer if algae. What's the best way to clean or soft the sand to make it a nice white color?
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Old 11-03-2013, 04:33 PM   #2
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I "Hoover" my sand with every water change.
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I hover over the same , only in the places that I can reach .
It won't suck up the algae but it will stir it up .
I am looking into moving a power hear a little lower in the tank
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Old 11-03-2013, 05:08 PM   #4
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I hover over the same , only in the places that I can reach .
It won't suck up the algae but it will stir it up .
I am looking into moving a power hear a little lower in the tank
What's hovering? Sorry if i sound stupid, somewhat new.
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:32 AM   #5
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You can buy a substrate cleaner. It just looks like a clear tube with erm...clear tubing basically... You use like a Hoover (vacuum cleaner for the non-Brits) it sucks up the algae and dumps your sand back down.

Here's a link:
Easy Clean Gravel Cleaner

It's not a magic wand, but I think it does a decent job.
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increase flow, preferably with a wave or random flow effect. may want to consider rehoming the volitan. for a fish that gets 12"+ in length and prob 7"+ wide, its hard for them to live happily in a 12 inch wide tank.
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:50 PM   #7
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increase flow, preferably with a wave or random flow effect. may want to consider rehoming the volitan. for a fish that gets 12"+ in length and prob 7"+ wide, its hard for them to live happily in a 12 inch wide tank.
That's what I'm currently trying to do. I'd love to keep him he's a beautiful fish but every fish/pet store I call never gives me a valid answer or just says to call back later.
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increase flow, preferably with a wave or random flow effect. may want to consider rehoming the volitan. for a fish that gets 12"+ in length and prob 7"+ wide, its hard for them to live happily in a 12 inch wide tank.
I'm trying to get him a new home at the moment. Every pet store I call says to call back on another day. It's very frustrating. But thanks for the help!
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You can buy a substrate cleaner. It just looks like a clear tube with erm...clear tubing basically... You use like a Hoover (vacuum cleaner for the non-Brits) it sucks up the algae and dumps your sand back down.

Here's a link:
Easy Clean Gravel Cleaner

It's not a magic wand, but I think it does a decent job.
Thank you very much!
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oh I completely understand. how big is he? volitans are a huge problem and that's prob why no LFS will take him.
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