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General sand substrate cleaning question

Postby cmoorewv » Mon May 23, 2016 11:00 pm

I have a fishtank that has blasting sand for substrate. It's a 20 long. I haven't thoroughly vacuumed it in a long time because I erroneously thought that my gravel tumbler would suck it out. I've read that undisturbed sand can store high amounts of phosphate and nitrate, and to be careful if one decides to finally disturb it. This sand really needs a good vacuuming but I don't want to poison my fish. Should I just leave it be or do a very large water change as I'm vacuuming it? This tank has one female betta in it and a lot of plant litter. I usually just use the siphon hose and try to hover over just enough to suck up large debris. I figured out while surfing you tube that you can, indeed, vacuum sand in a tumbler if you're careful. This tank has been going at least 6 months if not longer. Time flies...
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