Dirty substrate

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  1. BrandonLotz

    BrandonLotz

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    Hi fellow junkies...
    im at my wits end regarding filthy substrate. I had to clean my tank out yesterday and the coral sand is so dirty it looks like its mixed with protein skimmings. I have to do this maybe twice a year. What am i doing wrong. Please assist. Regards
     
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  3. zippy

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    you may need to get some sort of sand sifter, be it a fish or a star fish.
     
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    Thank you
    sand siftting goby perhaps. What about vacuuming etc. Ive read a lot and there are so many mixed reviews about it. Will more circulation help.
     
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    I had same problem.

    Use to vacuum when I did water change.

    Got tired of that so I added two sand dollars and two sand sifting stars plus a sand sifting goby.

    Takes them some time but my substrate is nice and clean now.
     
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    the dirt comes from 3 main sources in my view
    1. overfeeding
    2. formation of calcium phosphate from PO4 binding out the water
    3. the dissolving of LR from biological action

    Cleaning the substrate via a siphon and filter sock is the easiest and best way IMHO
     
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    I used to have the same problem which use to lead me to stir portions of the sandbed when doing water changes. I then got a sand sifting goby and he does an awesome job of keeping the sand clean and neat + more natural looking patterns etc. He has also built a nice cave for himself under a hollow piece of rock :)
     
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    Thanks guys for the help. I will try all the options.
     
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    I had the same problem, i resolved this when i changed tanks and left the substrate out. tank looks much better. It was all @Bristlebasher's idea
     
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