| | Re: get rid of the stones??
For the daily spot cleans I use a turkey baster.
During the weekly partial water changes, I use a syphon to vacuum the sand while I am removing the water, and then with my other hand I squirt at the nooks and crannies by use of the baster (I use large rocks for caves, you'd be amazed how much gunk can accumulate in these cracks). When the gunk is blown out of the cracks, I use the syphon to vacuum it out.
Any sand sucked up by accident during syphoning can just be gently (mind the axolotls!) tossed back into the tank.