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Old 03-09-2013, 01:58 AM   #16
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I've found using a disposable pipette (all in one plastic mini-turkey baster essentially--I rinse 'em and re-use 'em ) works well to blow the debris and poop out of hard to reach areas and off moss and delicate plants so it can be sucked up. Just squeeze the bulb and release under water to fill it, then gently "puff" away to drive the stuff along.

The wood in my tank has, essentially, a cave under it--going in blind with air line tubing inevitably sucks up shrimp who hide in there. Blowing the debris out into the open area works much much better.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:36 PM   #17
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Thanks everyone for sharing your techniques - this is one of the chores that I have been wondering about how it is done. Don't know that I feel too safe messing with the substrate since the babies are so teeny tiny, but the turkey baster thing sounds great for cleaning of certain areas.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:51 PM   #18
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I use a piece of filter foam in the vacuum, but I don't push it into the substrate itís just for water changes. My shrimp tank is always clean how could it get dirty, if I get a dead leaf I pull it out with my planting forceps. The only real maintenance is rinsing the foam pre-filter and water changes.
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:00 PM   #19
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I ended up using a turkey baster, dumping whatever I pick up into a white bowl. Helps me to see the shrimp and to save ADA's 'sand' substrate.
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