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syphon with live sand?

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I have only done water change since changing my substrate over to live sand last week. I did it by just scooping water out. I have a syphon hose like this left over from my freshwater setup.

Is it recommended to use this with live sand? I'm concerned that I would suck the good microbacteria out of the sand. Of course I would never use it to fill the tank with tap water.

Sorry if this is a dumb question. Thanks.
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are you telling us not to clean the sand??? what about left-over food and feces from the fish? how are those supposed to come out the tank???
I allways siphon the sand. Im not an expert but common sense tells me to get the bad things (feces left-overs) out.
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