The easiest way to clean the sump?

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I am currently cycling my tank and i noticed there are some gunk in my sump. That and what looks like sand from the dry rocks. What is the easiest way to clean that out? I guess siphoning it out is not an option because i will not be able to create a full siphon to the bucket. Maybe a turkey baster will do?

What is your approach, other than having to drain the whole thing?
 
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I am currently cycling my tank and i noticed there are some gunk in my sump. That and what looks like sand from the dry rocks. What is the easiest way to clean that out? I guess siphoning it out is not an option because i will not be able to create a full siphon to the bucket. Maybe a turkey baster will do?

What is your approach, other than having to drain the whole thing?
i use a wet vac 35 bucks that clips to a 5 gallon bucket also like other said maybe just put some sort of mechanical filtration on return pump and stir some stuff around
 

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i use a wet vac 35 bucks that clips to a 5 gallon bucket also like other said maybe just put some sort of mechanical filtration on return pump and stir some stuff around
Bucket head shop vac. Sold at home depot.

 
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saw this option too but won’t get larger debris I suspect. Not bad for $80

 

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I drain my sump as best I can then use a wet/dry shop vac to clean stuff up. I usually do this instead of a “regular” water change and replace the sump water with new saltwater.
 

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+1- bucket buddy- the wet dry vac head that connects to 5gal- Home Depot has them I think either 20 or 30 bucks (can’t remember) it’s only for the tank. Great to clean sump. You can Re-use water if you want- just pour it thru a filter sock.
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How big is your tank? How would you be doing water changes in the future?

If you were to buy the Python hose siphon, which for me.. is a life saver for water changes.. I use that to siphon out my sump when I do water changes. I also use a turkey baster to swish the gunk around so it can get hosed. BRS sells this too.

Otherwise-- as others have said, shop vac.
 

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I am currently cycling my tank and i noticed there are some gunk in my sump. That and what looks like sand from the dry rocks. What is the easiest way to clean that out? I guess siphoning it out is not an option because i will not be able to create a full siphon to the bucket. Maybe a turkey baster will do?

What is your approach, other than having to drain the whole thing?
 

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