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Vacuuming PFS

I'm redoing a tank and I'm considering PFS for the substrate. Is it heavy enough to use a 1/2" siphon and vacuum attachment without pulling out the sand?
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When I used to have sand substrate, make a "O" shape with the hose and the little bits of poop and what not will float up. Then you suck that out without bringing the siphon hose too close to the sand. Of course you'll draw a little bit of sand up each time, but I doubt that can be avoided completely.

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I guess I may be used to gravel and sand blasting sand where I can shove the vac into the substrate without losing any. Will I be able to do this with PFS?
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Wait, you could stick the gravel vac into blasting sand and not lose any sand? I guess the diameter of your gravel vac must be quite large than so the suction is weak enough that the sand won't be sucked up. I think pool filter sand should be around the same "density" as the blasting sand. I guess try it out?

But to be safe use my method. With that, you definitely will not get much sand at all into the vac. Of course it requires more patience though.

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Yes, I stick the vac right into the substrate. With the sand blasting sand, it rises about 1/2 way up the vac tube and rolls around. It gets really clean really quick. I do have a sample of PFS and it looks to light for that. I may try to find some more of sand blasting sand that I have. It's not sharp and for me, the perfect size.

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