Originally Posted by Antonio718
Yeah i was doin 5 gallon water changes buy adding conditiones fresh water cuz my salinity was high, how do you clean a sand bed? I figured id let my snails crabs and shrimp do the work? By having a protein skimmer i can do less water changes right? U think its worth me getting one for a 30 gallon?
cleaning the sand bed is easy, just get your siphon going on your water changing tool and place the end on the sand bed, suck some sand up, then pinch off the hose and try not to move around until about 95% of the sand has returned to the bed. then repeat. YOUTUBE has some good but kinda boring video's to watch.
i have a protein skimmer too, and i really wouldn't have a SW
tank without one(just my opinion)
there are so many protien skimmers out there, but i have a "CPR BAK-PAK" older style, hang on the back setup. thats rated for up to 60g i believe. they run about $200, i didn't pay for mine
(i traded with a buddy) but i have no complaints