Stirring Sand Substrate

Discussion in 'More Freshwater Aquarium Topics' started by BigXor, Aug 13, 2015.

  1. BigXor

    BigXorValued MemberMember

    I would like to stir up the sand substrate to keep anaerobic conditions in check and keep organics from building up without up rooting plants.

    What (and how) do you folks stir your substrate.
  2. BDpups

    BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    Chop sticks work.
  3. OP

    BigXorValued MemberMember

    LOL... A reason too eat out. I like it!
  4. tartersauce

    tartersauceValued MemberMember

    If you have a wire coat hanger you can part with, straighten it out and use it to pass through your sand.
  5. Kimberly4403

    Kimberly4403Well Known MemberMember

    Just be careful around plants if your tank is planted

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  6. leftswerve

    leftswerveWell Known MemberMember

    I toyed with, thought about, cringed about, using trumpet snails. Feels like it would be adding roaches to clean the trash can, but that's what they do.
  7. Jswin

    JswinWell Known MemberMember

    I did it. And probably will to my new one when the cycle finishes

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  8. BDpups

    BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    Don't over feed your fish and you will probably never see them. I know where your coming from though. I've had them in sand tanks and for me they ended up being a good indicator that I was feeding too much. But once I realized I was over feeding I had so many of them it drove me crazy. So on came the assassin snails...
  9. Jswin

    JswinWell Known MemberMember

    I put 5-10 in mine and found some tiny ones when I looked last night. But still no huge population bloom yet.

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