Originally Posted by kalliburr
I've never used sand before, so maybe this is a stupid question, but how do you clean it properly once it's in your tank? Do you even need to? I intend to use MTS to burrow in the sand and help move it around and whatnot, but do I need to do anything else? I had gravel in my old goldfish tank, and that thing got so dirty all the time (because biOrbs are kinda crap) that I just dumped everything, rinsed it all off, and put everything back in with fresh water.
Ideally the snails and bb and plants will do the vast majority of the cleaning. I siphon near the sand during my rare water changes, but otherwise I let nature do its thing. In a well-balanced tank the eco-system is as closed as possible without intervention. Granted, I have natural dirt under a sand cap and a crazy amount of plants, I definitely had to work up to this point.
Sorry for taking forever to respond, I just bought a new house and I've been super busy.