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Old 03/08/2018, 02:17 AM   #1
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Best option for cleaning bare bottom aquarium?


In your experience, what is the best option for cleaning and removing small particles/detritus from a bare bottom reef tank? This is my first bare bottom tank and it is very obvious that my syphon hose won't pick up anything.

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Old 03/08/2018, 05:09 AM   #2
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Better flow directed at the bottom. That will assist in keeping the detritus fully suspended as is the intent of the bare bottom.

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Old 03/08/2018, 12:40 PM   #3
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I take a turkey baster and blow the rocks and bottom before a water change. Then just siphon out as much as a I can from the water column. I will also take the siphon and run it along the bare bottom and try to get into any tough spaces to grab any trapped detritus


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Old 03/09/2018, 10:01 AM   #4
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Siphon and good waterflow. If doing things over, I would not have gone with fine sand but either bigger crushed coral or bare bottom.

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Old 03/09/2018, 11:29 PM   #5
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...cover the bottom with sand...

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Old 03/10/2018, 12:27 AM   #6
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...cover the bottom with sand...
works for me lol

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Old 03/10/2018, 10:24 PM   #7
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...cover the bottom with sand... three!

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Old 03/11/2018, 04:18 PM   #8
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Haha, me four!! Don't get the bare bottom idea myself.

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Old 03/12/2018, 12:40 PM   #9
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Me 5. Did bare bottom for a while and hated it, back to sand. You needs lots of flow in the tank, lots of flow across the bottom and run filter socks to remove the waste.

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