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Old 01-09-2005, 05:31 PM   #1
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cleaning substrate

ok I have sand for my substrate and I am finding it difficult to clean.. I mean I get the majority of it picked up but then it seems like my gravel vac doesn't seem to be able to do the job with the rest. I'm vacuuming about every 2-3 days now and I have to switch between using the net and the gravel vac because it doesn't seem to be able to get the job done..

question: do you have any tips for cleaning sand, or substrate in general?

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Old 01-09-2005, 06:27 PM   #2
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I have sand too. Usually I just wave the gravel vac over the sand and it kicks up most of the guck. If there are some spots that look like the crud is not floating very well, I put the vac close to the sand, and pull back fast. That really makes stuff fly. Good luck!

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That is one drawback to sand. As soon as you vac it, the fish are producing more waste and it seems like you can't get a handle on it. I too just wave my hand or the vac end around to stir it up, but I don't think I ever get it ALL.
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I have sand too i simply vaccum 2-3 inches above the substrate and it gets most of the junk and hardly ever gets much sand.

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I have a hard time getting up all the gunk. The best way we have found is to kick up the water around the top of the tank. You will never be able to get it ALL out.
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