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TimL 01/06/2008 12:23 AM

Good or bad idea?
 
Is it a good idea while periodically blowing detritus off of LR during water changes to also "blow" the sand as well.

Or does this disturb the sand bed? It's not a DSB but about 2" deep.

RyanBrucks 01/06/2008 12:30 AM

really depends on the grain size of the sandbed in question. if you have sugarfine it may create quite a mess. if you have the next step up (like I do in my temp holding tank), then it will hardly make a mess at all.

dendro982 01/06/2008 06:17 PM

I would rather use gravel/sand washer attachment to a hose (with wide part, where water "tornado" separates detritus from heavier sand. Cleaned sand drops to the bottom, detritus is siphoned out).

SHARKBAITNC 01/06/2008 06:19 PM

[QUOTE][i]<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=11535927#post11535927 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by dendro982 [/i]
[B]I would rather use gravel/sand washer attachment to a hose (with wide part, where water "tornado" separates detritus from heavier sand. Cleaned sand drops to the bottom, detritus is siphoned out). [/B][/QUOTE]

Agreed this will work much better for what you are trying to do.

Nick

TimL 01/06/2008 07:07 PM

Great...thanks for the info.

reefworm 01/06/2008 08:52 PM

as to the original question - good or bad - probably a good idea, using the methods mentioned above, as this happens in nature with storms, etc. might also prevent diatom or cyano breakouts by hitting areas not touched so much by water flow. if lots of detritus is building up regularly you might want to address how much flow you have and where.


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