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  1. tashcia

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    Hi guys,

    Just set up my Buyo TL 550 tank this weekend, I was told to leave the sand in and start the cycle. My question is, should I rather have cleaned the tank, cleaned the sand and scraped off the build up on the back panel, I had allot of gunk in the skimmer after 1 day of the tank running. I also cant seem to remove the skimmer cup, it is really stuck in there.



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    depends on how long the tank was left empty. Some of the green algae on the back wall will survive, not so coraline. Whatever died will flake off the back wall.

    The substrate, also depends if you let it dried out or not. And how much detritus is trapped. Maybe just siphon it clean on the next water change. Use one of those vacuum sucker pipes.
     
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    Thanks Riaan, there are already pieces flaking off the back, I sifted the sand last night and it seems abit cleaner. the tank was left with a couple of centimeters of water covering the sand. Should I just leave it for abit and check the parameters in a couple of weeks?
     
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    yes, check the parameters in a couple of weeks
     
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