Substrate cleaning

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Substrate cleaning

Post by Scarletfire » Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:55 am

I know we should never do a deep clean unless there is flooding, but what about surface cleaning to remove poop? Not sure what I need to do for that.

Is there a"cleaning schedule " for when things need to be cleaned?

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Re: Substrate cleaning

Post by aussieJJDude » Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:16 am

You can surface clean to remove poo, but its certainly not required. I personally like to spot clean my tank to remove EE from the substrate whenever possible - I use straight sand, personal choice - and food that the crabs have dragged around.

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Re: Substrate cleaning

Post by curlysister » Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:36 pm

I also don't scoop out the poop, I just mix it into the substrate every now and then. I do remove bits of food every now and then, maybe once a week or whenever I notice it.
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Re: Substrate cleaning

Post by Scarletfire » Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:22 pm

@aussie/curly, do either of you have isopods? If no, how do you deal with it decomposing?

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Re: Substrate cleaning

Post by aussieJJDude » Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:53 am

Scarletfire wrote:@aussie/curly, do either of you have isopods? If no, how do you deal with it decomposing?

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In the past, I use to have isopods. In fact, I recently brought a colony of 'giant isopods' which I plan to grow before introducing into my tank.

Currently I have springtails growing in my crabitat, and a couple of times seen harmless detrivous mites scampering about which naturally reside in our crabitats due to high levels of food and moisture.

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Re: Substrate cleaning

Post by curlysister » Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:55 am

No isopods. I always just figured that the poop decomposed like compost. I think those of us that don't scoop out the poop are in the minority, most people do scoop what they can see on the surface. I only have two crabs, currently in a 55 gallon, so the poop isn't all that obvious LOL.
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Re: Substrate cleaning

Post by scuttlecrusty22 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:49 pm

I also have springtails in my tank, and I never even hardly notice them unless they are floating in the water dish

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