moving sand off corals help needed

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  1. vatso

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    Hi all

    I have that sugar fine sand which I will never buy again & it gets on my clams & Corals

    I am currently taking the tongs & flapping them around to get the sand off.

    my circulations pumps are 2 strong & create a sand storm.

    What would be the easiest way to get the sand off some of the corals? I was thinking or using a little 200Lt/H pump connected to some pvc piping
     
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    Try the siphon u use for water changes? Basically just a piece of pvc, plenty enough power to pull it off then just close your hand over the pvc outlet, it kills the siphon and just drop the sand back on the sandbed
     
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    Turkey baster.
     
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    Thats a good idea - my tank is 65 CM deep can I get a baster that long?
     
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    You get an extension designed specifically for a deep tank when using a turkey baster. But it only works on the woolworths turkey baster. Its called the human arm :razz:
     
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    Seriously though. They are around 30cm long so a deep tank is no issue. You do have to get your paws wet though.
     
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    Cool I clean the sand off every morning & night & am trying to keep my hands out the tank as much as I can
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    I feel your pain i had the same probelm with my tank.. i bought sugar fine argonite and had sandstorms from hell. i even had to down grade and flow pumps :( and i was constantly cleaning the sand off of everything. but it seems to have settled for now.
     
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    why not try removing as much of the substrate that u can and replace it with bigger grains of crushed coral ...

    will be better for u in the long run ... just think ... one week-end or cleaning the sand of corals twice everyday of the week ...
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Just out of curiousity what circulation pumps you running? Still the same ones with the dynmax rotating flow heads?
     
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    Coral have a mechanism for dealing with sand on them, my 2 plate corals and my open brain get sand on them all the time from my blue cheek goby, but after a while, they inflate and drop the sand off themselves, quite cool actually, it shouldnt bother the coral, remember the ocean is a rough place im sure they have to be able to deal with this sort of things
     
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    My substrate gets on the LR all the time . I can always see tiny particles in the water column, drives me nuts! I think changing to a larger grain size is easier said than done.
     
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    I am lucky enough that the flow does not move the sand around.

    it's the fish that rub into the sand - the clown & others kick up the sand.

    I did leave it once & where the sand landed the monti went all dark after a week or so!

    I think removing the sand might be an option but would have to take it very very slow.
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    I've got your solution! :thumbup: If the fish are the ones kicking up the sand..... remove the fish :p I know of a place you can keep them ;)
     
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    Agreed.

    Micro algae, bacteria, and other growths in the sand will tend to "clump" the sand after a few months, which does help a lot with "sand storms". Directing the pump flows more towards the water surface also helps a lot, and is actually beneficial as it increases gas exchange.

    Hennie
     
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