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What is the best way to clean my sand bottom tank? This is the first full sand bottom tank, and I want to see what yall do to clean it and not loose sand in the process.
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I usually have the siphon about an inch above the sand and slowly swirl it around to stir up debris so the siphon can pick it up.
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Default Re: Best Way To Clean Sand Bottom

For this purpose, I use a gravel cleaner. There is a glass tube which is extended forward. The tube is 1/2 inch in diameter and the end diameter of about 2 inches. This area is about 2 inches long. If I Suction sand and dirt is drawn into the extended part and the sand to fall, because the flow velocity is lower there.
But I think it will be already known.
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Ditto on the siphon. Though I normally don't do it because I position my outflows so that my filter sucks(mostly) everything up.
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Ya I normally don't have to siphon either. But this tank is becoming brackish and I don't have any fish in the bottom yet to keep it stirred up. But ill try keeping it just above the sand thanks.
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I usually have the siphon about an inch above the sand and slowly swirl it around to stir up debris so the siphon can pick it up.
Same here. I get it a little closer because I have coarser sand but same technique.
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Default Re: Best Way To Clean Sand Bottom

I use a fine grit pool filter sand in most of my tanks so it doesn't need to go any lower. I do have some with a bigger grit that I can even plunge the siphon into it. It will suck up about 1/2 up the tube then drop back down.
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