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Old 11/13/2007, 07:06 PM   #1
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Need a cheap way to clean my sump?

I can see a lot of dirt building up in there and would like to clean it. Do I need to buy a canister, or is there some cheaper method? Thanks for any advice.

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Old 11/13/2007, 07:10 PM   #2
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Use a shop vac to clean it out during water changes.

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Current Tank Info: 90 gallon display, 40 gallon sump, 20 Gallon Fuge, AquaController Jr w/ Serial upgrade, Velocity T2 Return, Modified ASM G2 Skimmer, 2 x 150w 14K MH, Coralife Ca Reactor, DIY Kalk Reactor
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Old 11/13/2007, 07:29 PM   #3
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do you have a filter sock that your drain runs into? if not that will help with a lot of the debris coming into the sump.

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Old 11/13/2007, 10:21 PM   #4
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Yes, I do use a filter sock. Maybe the debris is from the one week that it got plugged and water was flowing over it. Also I used to have a crushed coral bed in there that I removed last year. I'm thinking some of this stuff remains from that. Not sure. I was going to use an old canister filter I had, but the motor was busted.

Is there any way to use a power head or something?

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