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Old 08-20-2013, 05:26 PM   #1
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Dirty Sand Bed Help!!

Is there anything I can put in my 55 gallon reef that will eat detritus!! I have Astrea snails and omg they poop like mad!! I added blue legged hermits, red legged and scarlet hermits and nothing. I added a fighting Conch and he doesn't eat anything. HELP!!!
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Do you have any corals? You may be able to put in a cowrie if you DONT
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Do you have any corals? You may be able to put in a cowrie if you DONT
torch, Hammer and frog spawn and a few duncans.
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Old 08-20-2013, 06:28 PM   #4
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Ya dont do the cowrie! Wheres your water at (parameters) , and what type of lighting do you have and how do you use it (hrs. per day?)
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I have two conchs that keep the sand bed clean in my 55. How bad is it? Pics? I would be checking the source too, how much are you feeding?
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Increase flow. Don't allow detritus to settle in the first place.
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:37 PM   #7
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Nassarius snails will eat detritus and you can have quite a few of them. But they will produce some waste as well so you have to be diligent about export with water changes you can syphon it out.
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Nassarius snails are carnivors. They don't eat poop. I agree with Mr X increase your flow so it dosent settle or try a simple turkey baster to blast it every couple of days and get it in the water column.
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The Nassarius Snail is a little snail with a big appetite. This hungry critter glides through your aquarium foraging for food. The Nassarius Snail is an efficient scavenger and detritus eater and is the perfect member of your reef aquarium cleanup crew. You will be pleased at how quickly a small group of Nassarius Snails will clear detritus, uneaten food, decaying organics, and fish waste."

This was taken straight from liveaquaria and is one of several sources that say they consume fish waste and decaying organics.
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Hmm maybe they do I have always known them to be carnivores. Will do a google search as well.
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