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That's odd! I was sitting here wondering the best way to clean mine out too! My old sump was very small and I just emtpied it and pulled it from under the tank for cleaning.
 

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That may be my answer. Then wipe the inside out and refill.
 

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Great question. It's been rattling around in my head for the last week or so. After I get the rest of these bio balls out, I think I'll try draining it with a power head then vacuuming out the sludge.
 

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I use the python clean and fill system, it doesn't require a siphon as it hooks to your faucet and uses a venturi.
 

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russbriscoe said:
I am thinking a powerhead might work. I can not use a shop vac. My sump is very large and I can not drain all the water out of it. Are there any critters that will eat the stuff at the bottom and require no light? Maybe I could put a bunch of them in.

my sump is two 150gal rubbermaid containers.
Use an attachment to the shop vac channeling it down to about 1/2 " or whatever depending on what you are picking up and suck the crap out.
 
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