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Angry Fish poop uglying up my sand

Why don't the fish poop on the plants? It seems like they love to drop their bombs all over my nice white sand beach in the tank. How do you keep the tank looking good, and keep your beach or river pristine? With the gravel vac, you tend to suck up sand as well.

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How small is the tank?

A turkey baster would work well. Time consuming though.

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might look into that, although I wouldn't want to use the turkey baster for turkey anymore

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O yea you should see shrimp poop.. its like piled up

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...noooooooooooooooooooooo!

i want to put corks in my fishes' butts.

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lmao youll kkill them then!!

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...noooooooooooooooooooooo!

i want to put corks in my fishes' butts.
You'll kill them! How would you feel if you had a cork up your rear end?

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Oh I hate shrimps poo. I have only 9 shrimps and their poo is all over the tank's bottom. They are like rabbits just eat and poo.
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You might not want to do this, but you can add some Under-Gravel Jets.
http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/ug_jets.php
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZBigewjvvc

You can put some aquarium silicone on the jets and sprinkle some sand on them. You won't notice them as much then.

You can also hide them somewhat with rocks, driftwood, plants, etc in front of them and/or around them.

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to vacuum, take off the gravel vac and just get close with the hose, but not too close. you'll find the sweet spot.

Like Left C said, UGJ's are a nice solution (I'm in the process of doing some myself).

A simpler alternative is positioning a powerhead to blow over that area.
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not sure if anyone does this, but i use a tiny vac using rigid airline tube attached to standard clear vinyl airline tubing. it doesn't move much water and is good for spot cleaning.
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Oh I forgot my other method.

Get some regular air line tubing, super glue a popsicle stick to the end (for sturdiness), and use that. It really helps if the tubing is pretty straight. Works really well in tight places and doesn't create so much suction it makes a mess. I use it in my heavily planted moss tank.

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Popsicle stick... I love it. Off to Walmart again.
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Using the UGJ meathod i read the article and it makes sense up to the point of when you place the PVC pipe under the gravel, when the pump sucks up wouldnt it suck up the gravel?

Am i missing something?

or do you reverse the jets and have it blowing downward so it pushes the gravel?
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A pump blows through these undergravel pipes, it does not suck in water.

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