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Question how to clean shrimp poop off of my sand subsrtate?

i have a 10 gal shrimp tank with 2 amanos and 3 small crs's and theres areas of shrimp poop and i have a 60 gal with sand substrate but dont see poop from my fish thats probaly because i have 2 cory cats in there but anyways how can i clean this shrimp poop off of the top of the sand substrate? ps: it is a 30 gritt sand
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I use a long section of small diameter airline tubing and 'hover' right above the surface of the sand/substrate. After awhile, you get good at it, and don't pull up any sand, just whatever you are trying to remove.ie: food, detritus, plant matter, etc,
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ok thanks that makes a lot of sense to use a small airline tube to siphon the poop up
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Yes, get the regular kind..what is it 1/4" maybe? Get a long length of it. That way it draws slowly, you have the time you need to get whatever you are after.
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I use my normal water syphon, i just swirl it gently about 4-5cm away from the sand, the muck floats up and is picked up by the syphon and the sand stays, takes a bit of practice, but once you've got it, its as quick as!
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I've cleaned it with my regular syphon as well and it comes off just fine. You do need to try it a few times before you get good at it.


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Man, I haven't cleaned my tanks in months..

That's the downside to using sand I guess.

seriously,
poop is good for the plants
I have low tech tanks and it's pretty essential not to clean the poop.


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I agree. Shrimp poop is a great fertilizer. I can imagine that it doesn't look too nice on sand, though.

Btw, OP: I think a comma or a period just once in a while would be nice in your sentences. When I read your posts, I always have to think of that Yankees manager in Seinfeld.


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