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lougotzz
05/07/2009, 10:28 PM
Hello everyone,
I have been reading and a fellow member of this forum was told he had a lot of detritus on his rock and sand bed. He was told to take a power head and point it at his rock and let it fall on his sand bed and then to a gravel vac and that would help with nuisance algea.

Every time my power head blows on my rock, a lot of "dust" kicks up. Its almost like dirt, but not really dirt. Is that normal, or is that a potential problem? Should I go ahead and point the power head at it, let it settle onto the sand bed, and vacuum it up?

This question may sound like stupidity, but I just thought it was dirty cause it was rock lol.

Thanks.

sanababit
05/07/2009, 11:38 PM
fish poop, snail poop, crab poop, coral poop, poop poop

sana

jenglish
05/07/2009, 11:50 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14973461#post14973461 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by sanababit
fish poop, snail poop, crab poop, coral poop, poop poop

sana

don't forget rotting food... bacteria poop ;)

lougotzz
05/07/2009, 11:53 PM
Now, should I go ahead and blow the power head on the rock to get it off and vacuum it up off the sandbed? Or should I let my CUC take care of it?
Thanks.

sanababit
05/08/2009, 12:11 AM
just keep it in suspension so the skimmer skims it out, good luck

sana

becact
05/08/2009, 03:49 AM
The goal is to have enough flow over every surface so that it can't settle anywhere, and will be skimmed. You can also use a turkey baster once in a while and blast it up.

lougotzz
05/08/2009, 10:33 AM
Oh thats a good idea, maybe Ill get one later. I have over 20Xs flow rate in my tank, probably near 25x's flow rate. Maybe my flow isnt directed properly?

Ken_wied
05/08/2009, 10:55 AM
Poop of any kind or left over rotting food :-)

Logzor
05/08/2009, 12:03 PM
Sunnyx has an interesting article on his website talking about vacuuming sandbeds. You might want to check it out. I do not have the address on hand.

BeanMachine
05/08/2009, 12:45 PM
+1 on the Turkey Baster. I do that about once a week... your filtration will remove the "various POOPS" from the water column.

Your live rock will, overtime, absorb phosphates and such which could eventually cause an algae problem.

Bean

lougotzz
05/08/2009, 04:37 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14976030#post14976030 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by BeanMachine
+1 on the Turkey Baster. I do that about once a week... your filtration will remove the "various POOPS" from the water column.

Your live rock will, overtime, absorb phosphates and such which could eventually cause an algae problem.

Bean

But not if I blow it with the turkey baster, right?