Best way to clean sump

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My sump is full of brown algae and just looks a mess what is the best way to clean it out.. do I use a wet/dry vac if so which one, also I presume/assume I will need to do this when I do water change as any water taken from the sump will either be made up by the auto top up or eventually the main tank volume will drop itself..


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Reply #1

The tank volume will never change. It overflows, so it can't.

Just siphon out any detritus or algae when you're doing your water change. If you can't siphon from the sump because it's at ground level then do you have a powerhead/return pump you can use as a vacuum?

Shut off your ATU while doing water change.
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Reply #2

I use one of my old small boyu pumps with a length of tubing on the outlet.
I hang a filter sock over the valve handle into the next chamber of the sump and stick the outlet in the filter sock, then 'Hoover' the detritus.
This way the cr@p gets caught and your water level stays constant.

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The tank volume will never change. It overflows, so it can't.

Just siphon out any detritus or algae when you're doing your water change. If you can't siphon from the sump because it's at ground level then do you have a powerhead/return pump you can use as a vacuum?

Shut off your ATU while doing water change.

I don't quite understand I do have a spare pond pump but that requires a certain level of water otherwise it will stop and it wont take in any crud I use it to just empty other tanks ... I don't quite understand how you use a power head as a vacuum either ..sorry:-(

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Reply #4

Ah, I mean pumps like these;



You can connect a hose to the inlet of it, and put that in a bucket, you'll have to start a siphon through it to prime it, but it'll then pull through the hose, giving you a vacuum.

If it's a pump you can't attach anything to, then another trick would just to be stir the detritus up and keep kicking it up, your pump will be getting it out then.
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Reply #5

Or if a submersible pump have the pipe coming off it going into a filter sock as you stir it up the pump will pump it into the filter sock :)

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Reply #7

I bought the QuickVac by EHEIM, as seen in the Thread @HK_Fuey  posted above. Cost £50, but it does what you want, my sump is ground level so couldn't siphon either.

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