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I was reading the DIY about cleaning sand in the tank and I was wondering since usually you suck up some sand with the syphon wont it get stuck in the "elbow, trap" of the sink since it is heavy and that is one of the purposes of the trap is to colect heavy items and obviesly keep the smell out. I figure after a few goes at it that elbow below the sink would be full. Any thoughts or knowledge on this.

Also does white sand turn green with algae? My pebble rock straigh with crushed coral has turned green after 2 years. Any insight on this?
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Jasoncham2003 said:
I was reading the DIY about cleaning sand in the tank and I was wondering since usually you suck up some sand with the syphon wont it get stuck in the "elbow, trap" of the sink since it is heavy and that is one of the purposes of the trap is to colect heavy items and obviesly keep the smell out. I figure after a few goes at it that elbow below the sink would be full. Any thoughts or knowledge on this.
Just put a bucket or something else under the water flow to collect the little sand that gets sucked up. You can put it back in your tank when you are ready.
 

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Also does white sand turn green with algae? My pebble rock straigh with crushed coral has turned green after 2 years. Any insight on this?
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Thealgae growth on the sand or gravel can be easily controlled by turning the sand when you do the vacuuming. Those with vigorous diggers can just let the fish do it. Also, keeping your nitrates low should stop the algae growth from getting ugly.
 

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I've never had a problem with algae on my sand. Everywhere else, yes... :roll:
 
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