View Full Version : Substrate cleaning question

11/14/2006, 12:13 PM
My substarte is looking very dirty and i was wandering what some of you guys use to keep your substrate nice and white??
Whether ya'll vacume it or use natural ways like animals or something else. Please let me know your opinion on the matter.

11/14/2006, 12:19 PM
You can do a variety of things...I have a sand sifting gobey that keeps my sand nice and white - in addition to having great water parameters. You can use a turkey baster to mix it up. You can use your hand. You can add more flow, etc...

11/14/2006, 12:33 PM
What do you mean by dirty?? Red slime, brown algae, green algae, or just plain dirty??

I have a cucumber in each tank, I think that helps.

11/14/2006, 02:02 PM
Well if tank is 4 months old hat type of cleanup crew do you have ? Did you use tap water ? I used snails , serpant stars and cucumber , but my diamond goby is king of keeping my sand very clean. Also good water movement helps.

11/14/2006, 02:13 PM
I have a black cucumber that is a sand eating pooping machine...

11/14/2006, 02:16 PM
My hotdog cucumber spends alot of time on the rocks. Serpents sift surface real well and snails dont move to much. But the daimond goby works all day cleaning deep in the sand.