What I do is make little circles with the end of the syphon just above the sand. The little kick of water movement gets the debris up of the bottom and then into the syphon.Slug said:You could also use your hand to kind of blow the debris off the sand then suck it up.
Yes I am using a gravel vacuum. I've tried how you said to and it works..kinda.. it leaves some debris on the sand still but not to much.Nutter said:I assume you are using a gravel vacuum for siphoning. If so then just run it over the surface of the sand instead of digging right down. You will have to give all of the substrate a stir with your fingers right down to the bottom glass to release the poisonous gasses that can accumulate in a sand substrate. Do the stirring up every week or 10 days.
Yeah I found out that just barley off the surface of the sand works to get most of it so that's good. I have some Kuhlie loaches in mine so is that good too?SWilkins said:HI Andrew I am with you on the sand cleaning. It is very new to me too. I think it takes some practice to get the siphon at just the right distance from the sand so that you pick up the waste and leave the sand but I think that we are going to end up getting some sand no matter how hard we try. I do have MTS in with my sand so they can keep it stirred up for me so that is one less thing I have to worry about.
This I found works pretty good.. lol... it is so simple too. thanksSlug said:You could also use your hand to kind of blow the debris off the sand then suck it up.
I never thought about using a turkey baster in a fish tank, but that's seems like a good idea. I might try that to get in around objects. thank you.aquarist48 said:Good point from Slug. You could also use a turkey baster to remove the poo and food from the top of the sand. I really like Slugs idea though. If you don't get the turkey baster in just the right position and keep the ball squeezed, you might blow it all over the tank instead of sucking it up. It does work though.
Jaysee said:What I do is make little circles with the end of the syphon just above the sand. The little kick of water movement gets the debris up of the bottom and then into the syphon.
Sand is so much easier to keep clean than gravel.
This was my first guess, try thinging... when I did it tho I went side to side and it worked ok... but I didn't like it to much... but maybe with some practice I'll get better.TedsTank said:I used to do the circle method as Jaysee mentioned and it worked great!!...when I had sand.
How deep is your layer of sand....if it is less than an inch or so don't worry about gasses and stuff.
Another way of preventing too much sand is to syphon a "chunk", pinch or stop the syphon and let the sand drop out of the tube....if you are using the syphin with hose with the large tube end attched to it...approx 2" tube at the end near the sand.
Every new skill requires practiceAndrew said:This was my first guess, try thinging... when I did it tho I went side to side and it worked ok... but I didn't like it to much... but maybe with some practice I'll get better.
Agreed - MTS are great for sand tanks and clean up, especially in tanks too small to have bottom feeders or for tanks that are too aggressive for scavengers.Butterfly said:All good advice
Kuhlis really enjoy sifting through sand and will help keep it stirred up. If you have malaysian trumpet snails they will help keep the sand stirred up AND eat left over food.