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Vacuming sand substrate

Discussion in 'Sediment / Substrate' started by jonny_ftm, Nov 22, 2009.

  1. jonny_ftm

    jonny_ftm Guru Class Expert

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    Hi,

    It's the first time I use a sand substrate, the Flourite Black Sand. I noticed that it is impossible to vacume it like a gravel and no way to stir the substrate while you vacume it. Is this substrate a source for organics sedimentation and later problems?
     
  2. Biollante

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    Yes

    Hi Jonny,

    Yes, sand substrates need cleaning, in my always humble opinion. :eek:

    I use a vacuum with a relatively larger opening and a body with a greater volume. This allows the sand to swirl and settle back down.

    I tend to work slowly and do smaller percentage of the tank each time. I use a glass stirrer and a bamboo skewer (something with a little 'flex') to stir the sand and work up next to the edges while hovering the vacuum over the area being stirred.:)

    Biollante
     
  3. Tom Barr

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    I just squeeze the siphon tube to reduce the suction to reduce any sand from being sucked up.

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
  4. jonny_ftm

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    Thank you both, I'll use the squeeze way, sounds practical. Eventually, I'll put sort of a tap on the tube to definately adapt the flow
     
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