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Old 08-20-2005, 03:23 PM   #1
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Cleaning the gravel

Our SW is 4-5 m/o. We do regular water changes and testing. So far we haven't used the gravel vac b/c we don't want to mess up the copod (I know that is misspelled!) population, but the gravel isn't looking so great.

Do people gravel vac a deep sand bed? Or are there other options to clean the sand, I have heard about "sand sifting stars" etc. We will be doing a regular water change later today so this info will be helpful before then.

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Old 08-20-2005, 04:16 PM   #2
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I vacuum my gravel periodically. If you have live rock, the pods should also be on the rock, so you won't lose your population.

As for a deep sand bed, the lower levels can be producing hydrogen sulfide, which when the sand is too deeply disturbed can be released and cause problems with the livestock. So I believe that most will using sand sifting organisms and/or lightly vacuum the surface only.

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Old 08-20-2005, 11:04 PM   #3
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What sand sifting organisims are recommended/reef safe?
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Do you have gravel (crushed coral) or a dsb? I have cc and vacuum it about every 2-3 weeks. As for a dsb, I believe that you shouldn't go any lower than about 1/4 of an inch in. Nassarious snails and sand sifting stars move the sand around for you. Also scooter blennies may help.
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It is a dsb. I was getting ready to do maintence on my FW when I posted, so I had gravel on the brain. thanks.
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