Cleaning Sumps, Triton method and a Hello

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Firstly, Hello again - I lost the URL of this place and it has taken me ages to find you all again!  Hope you are all still here from the RCUK days (or is that a dirty phrase around these parts????)

So I've been on a bit of a roller coaster over the past 10 months or so what with a white spot outbreak that claimed nearly all my fish followed a gradual restocking then purchasing a Regal Angel that ate all my beloved Acans (several hundred pounds worth!!!) - still he's a happy fat fish!  Now I seem to have a stable period for the past few months where things are ticking along with no too many dramas.

I have a couple of Questions to ask:

1) Cleaning the bottom of my sump.  It's covered in crud and I have no idea how to clean it.  A siphon does not work - can't get water to flow up hill and anything else just turns the water cloudy.  I have a gravel cleaner thing, but the pump is so weak it hardly lifts the water at all.

2) I'd love to get back to having some SPSs again.  Now I've tried in the past without much luck, but I understand that was because I had not been running for that long and I was not ready.  I've read up about the Triton method and quite fancy giving this a go - does anyone else run this or know people that have?

3) I had a major outbreak of Asterina star fish and purchased a Harlequin Shrimp to deal with the issue - Boy - it has done a great job and I've not seen a star for ages now.  However, this must mean the shrimp no longer has a food source.  I've read that they can be very fussy when it comes to star fish and will only eat live stars and not frozen.  I've also read that they only eat the legs/suckers off of each leg and let the rest rot which does not sound good as the rest of the CUC will not eat rotting star fish ....  Anyone else have these shrimps and how do you keep them?  About the only thing I can do to get him out is to drop a sand sifter into the tank and wait with a net .....

Anyhow, that's enough for now.  Hope you are all good and hope to chat more soon.

Cheers

Mark

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Welcome Mark   :grin: 
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Welcome back Mark by the looks of it!

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Garry has a little battery powered syphon with a little net baggie  , well thats enough of Garrys  medical problems  lmao..OK OK im joking  ..


Ive got loads of sea mulm in my sump , i assume it will generate nitrates , but i dont know , possibly when you do this turn off the return ?


Only other thing is to turn off the return again and clean out the sump but im sure theres a lazier way , me being lazy anyway. So maybe leave it till it causes a problem?

Ooo thought ..do you have a sock on the in pipe to the sump? This may help stop it in the future as long as it can overflow somewhere if it gets blocked . I do not have a sock  ,i am blonde  :huh:
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Firstly, Hello again - I lost the URL of this place and it has taken me ages to find you all again!  Hope you are all still here from the RCUK days (or is that a dirty phrase around these parts????)

Nope, no rules like that around here.  :glad:

Welcome back Mark.  :smiley:
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Rules? oh shit  :cry:
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Vacuum your tank - without removing water - Marine Hardware - D.I.Y - ReefBase Marine Fish & Reef Keeping Forum

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Yep, you will need to sell it on, or suppliment it with more starfish.  Try local FB groups, as people are always manually removing them, and normally happy to give you some.
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Thanks for the Welcome Backs - missed the banter and was very glad to have found you all again.

Carol, yes, I have sock on the sump inflow, but it clogs very quickly and overflows directly into the sump (by design!) and that is where all the crud comes from.

HK_Fuey - Thanks for the link.  I will give that a go and let you know how it goes.  I think I'll replace the tights with an old micron sock I have as the crud in the sump is very fine plus I'll put an air stone onto the pipe and turbo charge it  :tongue:

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Re. filter sock...yes, that's what I did.  Works a treat.
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You could get a return pump which can be run out of water, and simply put a length hose on the inlet and use that like you would a hoover, and another length of pipe to a bucket or just put the pump in bucket, you have a strainer on the end of the inlet to stop any large debris such as snail shells from entering the pump.
I should really sort this out!!

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2) I'd love to get back to having some SPSs again.  Now I've tried in the past without much luck, but I understand that was because I had not been running for that long and I was not ready.  I've read up about the Triton method and quite fancy giving this a go - does anyone else run this or know people that have?
I've just started a new thread on Triton
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You could get a return pump which can be run out of water, and simply put a length hose on the inlet and use that like you would a hoover, and another length of pipe to a bucket or just put the pump in bucket, you have a strainer on the end of the inlet to stop any large debris such as snail shells from entering the pump.
Good idea.
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