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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-03-2004, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 10g planted tank with Onyx sand as the substrate. I have 5 dwarf puffers and 3 Ottos in this tank. I am supposed to do 50% water changes weekly for the puffers, but am curious how I am supposed to clean some of the nasties out of the sand or if I am to leave it be.

I occasionally feed algae wafers to my Ottos and that sometimes leaves an icky mess behind, which I can usually get with a turkey baster. However, sometimes it's not that easy as some is left behind.

Am I supposed to leave it alone for "mulm" or spot-clean the sand with a siphon like you would a gravel-filled tank? Is there a special siphon you can use for such sandy substrates?

Ideas? Suggestions?


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