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Old 07-26-2004, 01:52 PM   #1
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detritus build up - clean up crew update

Was looking for a criter that eats detritus off the sand bed, my crabs and such spend all their time foraging around my live rock and their waste starts acumilating on the sand bed. Any suggestions for criters to get?
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Old 07-26-2004, 02:02 PM   #2
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Try something in the Attack Pack link below. I'm thinking the sand sifter star works well, but others may say they remove good stuff from your sand too.

http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...=25&pCatId=532
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Not sure about any critters that eat that but, an easy way to get rid of it is to increase the water flow in the area where it collects so the skimmer can break it down.
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Old 07-26-2004, 02:45 PM   #4
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I am going to try to rearrange my powerheads to get to the "trouble" areas and pick up another sand sifting star =)
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Old 07-26-2004, 04:21 PM   #5
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Question: Can you include the Sand Sifting Sea Star if you don't have sand? I only have crushed coral and LR.
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mine seems happy in cc and he has been moving around and eating for about 1.5 months. He seems happy and shows no signs of stress.
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Nassarius snails ar preety good, they slide very fast aloong the sand bed, and there best quality s the y bury in the sand, eating dead organic matter.
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IMO a sand sifter is not a great idea.. In a smaller tank they will eat all the good pods ect in the sand in no time. I have read that this is there main food source. A cucumber would be a better critter to get. I have 1 in my 125 reef and 1 in my 55 fowlr and they eat all they poop...... Nonstop eating machines.
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Anything that eats also poops

I agree with the mechanical removal.
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AAAAAAhh.. The cucumber poops out nice little sand pellets very neat critter.
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