04-25-2014, 10:39 AM
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How do you clean a sandy aquarium?
This is kind of a two-parter here.
1- I already have an established tank with sand covering its bottom. I used playground sand that I rinsed with hot water. The betta and two mystery snails are fine. The only problem is that I have a betta. And a Tetra 10i filter. A betta's tail and the 10i don't mix. I had to put a pantyhose sock over the filter to reduce pull and flow. There are bits I food every now and then that I stir up with a net and fish out, but there is also a buildup of snail and fish poop that I can never completely catch. If I tried to siphon it, the sand would pour out with the "debris". So how can I clean it?
2- I am going to set up a 29g fancy goldfish tank and heard they like burrowing, so I would need to use sand. I found silica sand in 5lb bags pretty cheap. I have an Aqueon quietflow 55/75 for them, but I am worried that the sand will be pulled up and pushed away by the filter. How can I have this filter as strong as it is and not have any (or the least amount) of the sand moved?
Or should I go with gravel?