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Old 07-31-2012, 08:56 AM   #1
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Question Siphoning sand

How often should the live sand be siphoned in my sw tank? Its 60 gallon hex so not as much surface area as a rectangular tank. And it clouds the water so much when ou do anything with the sand. I only have 4 fish in there at this point.
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Old 07-31-2012, 11:11 AM   #2
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I never do it. If there's stuff I need to get out, like a pile of poop or something like that, I use airline hosing so I don't pull too much sand out... I'm pretty sure by siphoning the sand you are removing the beneficial bacteria, and also stirring up a lot of bad stuff that could cause an ammonia spike... My clean up crew and algae blenny do a good job of keeping the surface of the sand pretty clean. Maybe someone else can chime in...?
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Old 07-31-2012, 12:05 PM   #3
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Thats what i was thinking also. Thanks for your opinion. I have a sand sifting goby and a sand snail that do pretty well stirring it up. I was just wondering what others thought.
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Old 07-31-2012, 01:06 PM   #4
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If you have a DSB then you will want to leave it go for the most part but anything 5" or less I'd reccomend stirring and siphoning 10% of the bed every water change cause no matter how good of sifters you've got they will miss some stuff which over time will build up and become an issue and also make it even more difficult to clean the problem without causing massive spikes.. I'm personally shooting for a full vac on my sand bed every 3 months by doing a little bit here and there
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Old 07-31-2012, 02:50 PM   #5
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What is a DSB?
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Old 07-31-2012, 02:54 PM   #6
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Deep sand bed.. I had to look it up!
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:21 PM   #7
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Thanks for researching that. My sand bed is 3 inches deep.
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Old 08-01-2012, 03:40 PM   #8
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If your going to syphon or sift it do it regularly if not then never do it. Don't wait long periods then do it on a whim. That's how you get a spike. Practice will get you the point that you don't make a mess or causing cloudy when doing it. Just control the flow by pinching the hose if that's the route u decide to go.
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There are large compelling arguments on both sides of the fence. I have seen beautiful successful tanks that have take both routes for years.
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Old 08-01-2012, 04:47 PM   #10
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To add more confusion, lol, I don't ever siphon my sand in any of my tanks. I find it just releases gunk and plays havoc with water parameters. If you have proper water circulation ten there shouldnt be anything on the sand bed as far as poop and leftover food. Nothing really settles on the sandbed in my tanks so no need to vacuum.
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