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- Dec 15, 2018
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IMHO, conches, nassarius snails, sand sifting gobies to cleans and a pistol shrimp to move it around.What is a good sand shift crew to use to keep sand clean? I have a 200 gallon that is about 4 months old and I really don’t want to clean or disturb the sand bed. All previous tanks I always cleaned sand this time I want the bacteria to sustain itself and not keep changing it do to vacuuming substrate all the time.
First of all.I did Brandon’s rip clean method a week ago, well worth the effort.
No dumb questions in reefing, IMO. I’ve wondered the exact same thing - it’s logical that you’d want there to be enough for them to eat, but they’re hardy little guys & they’ll have more than enough to eat in a 4 month old tank.Wasn’t sure if the tank had to mature a little longer. Now I think it was a dumb question
i Agree with HB AL except for the not touching the sand part . Look at your tank and visualize the bottom sand in quarters , then start vacuuming each quadrant really well while trying not to stir the detritus into the water column while doing your regular water changes . In a month or so your sand bed should be clean . There are bacteria products u can use to help break down the detritus as well . After you’ve clean the sand, conch snails , and nassarius snails will help keep the sand bed clean .
I’m on the other side of the fence .
after many water changes cleaning the sand bed .
a lot has been sucked out .
Adding more sand is needed soon .
is it safe to add new sand in a established system ?
will it mess with any parameters ?
Lol.I am a strong proponent of RIP cleaning. You can look up my Death Rip Clean thread if you like.
My beliefs regarding the previous posts:
1. Bare bottom is silly unless that is the aesthetic that is pleasing to you. But what you are presenting is NOT a good reason to go bare bottom.
2. The little bit at a time method is not good. For many reasons.
Do the Death Rip method ONCE and get it over with. Enjoy your tank.
My tank was started about 5-6 months ago. I got a tiger conch snail that seems to be doing just fine in my 32g biocube. But I definitely can only have one. It also turned my “ special grade” thick sand that was starting to grow green algae, nice and white.Is it okay to have them in a 4 month old tank?