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  1. Reefing Equipment
    For those of you with a sandbed, how do you clean it?
  2. General Reef Discussion
    Hi All, I was wondering if anyone has a good recommendation for a tank vacuum to get some surface debris (uneaten -by CUC- detritus, etc) up without causing a ton of sand to get sucked up. Also, are there vacs available that are easier to get into hard-to-reach places? I know I can Google any...
  3. DIY Forum
    I recently ordered ordered a Magnum 350 canister that I had planned running when doing maintenance/cleaning LR in hopes that the micron cartridge would help pick up the debris from the water column. After placing the order, I started thinking whether there are any attachments that could be...
  4. The THINK Tank
    Hello everyone, I have seen many debates of opinions about vacuuming substrate but I have seen a simple list of the pros and cons. Example: Cons: stirring up substrate releases ammonia, releases phosphates, etc. Pros: removes ammonia causing debris, removes nitrates, etc. This was just a...
  5. General Reef Discussion
    Problem: I have a 16 gallon (60l) nano tank with around 50l of water. I want to vacuum sand bed once a week with the water change. I must change 10% of the water, which means around 5 to 6l. If i use normal siphon vacuum cleaner i can't clean the sand so fast because 6l of water runs out way...
  6. General Reef Discussion
    Does anyone have recommendations on how to clean the outside chambers of the sump? I have an Aqueon ProFlex sump, with a live rock/ algae refugium in the middle. My issue is that I have some sand sediment on both the intake chamber and the final chamber (with skimmer and return pump). I have...
  7. General Reef Discussion
    Ok so I have had my tank for about a year and 6 months now and I would really love to get my nitrate down to 0. My setup is a 29g with 40lb of rock in it. I have a reef octo skimmer, about a 40 times turn over rate and I run carbon. I have about a 1" sand bed for looks and my watchmen goby and...
  8. General Reef Discussion
    What is meant by "vacuuming" detritus out of your tank and how is it done?
  9. General Reef Discussion
    I have a 55g tank thats been running for a few months. I have 5 fish 2 turbos 4 small hermets and assorted corals in the tank. about 55 pounds of LR and lots of lighting. Lately ive been betting a lot of Long hair like brown alge in my tank along with alot of waste from the LR and turbo snails...
  10. Pests, Hitchhikers, and Diseases
    When I had a slime algae outbreak, my trusted LFS owner said to lower light time and vacuum the sand once a week. Is vacuuming sand in a reef tank needed or benificial like a skimmer? If I have a sand sifting goby, do I still need to vacuum? Now my sand is turning a brown color, like it's...
  11. Reefing Equipment
    Forgive me as I'm new to the reef scene. I kinda came into a well established 55 reef setup. My question is : Is it possible to use a cainster filter as a gravel vac? Ebay has many canisters that are relatively inexpensive. I guess I'm wondering if they create enough vacumm to draw the waste out...
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