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Old 02-21-2006, 02:02 PM   #1
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Dirty Sand Bed - Need Cleaner?

My sandbed is always dirty with algae and I long for the clean white sand. Does anyone have any recommendations for a sandbed cleaner?

The LFS has the Golden Headed Sleeper Goby take care of their substrate and it looks great. However, I've heard that fish might be difficult to maintain.

Also, I'd prefer not to have something compete with my Mandarinfish for copepods but if that's the only way it won't be too much of a problem. Luckily, he eats frozen food.

FYI: In the tank now there is a false percula clown, two cleaner shrimp, a spotted mandarinfish, Colt Coral, Galaxy Coral, Christmas Tree Coral, Torch Coral.
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golden head sleeper goby is one of the most difficult goby u can probly find in LFS, never try it unless u really really like the look of them.However, the sleeper banded goby(AKA: Dragon goby) is very hardy and works very good..
If u looking for something other than fish, sand shifting star, and snails would work too, but as for snail, u might need a large amount of them to keep the cleaning job efficient.
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I have an orangespotted sleeper goby that does a wonderful job on my sand. =)

http://www.marinedepotlive.com/orang...h--gobies.html
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I have the dragon goby and pink spotted goby and they both do a wonderful job.
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Will these gobies attack cleaner shrimp or coral banded shrimp?
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diamond watchman goby has cured my dirty sand issues... it looks great now
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i just recently had the same prob and solved it with a Sleeper Banded Goby... Works awesome!!! Read my original thread...

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=72069

Also here is the Goby i got..

http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...cfm?pCatId=206

I got it at the LFS for 9.99. HTH!!
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Did you happen to try the Nassarius Snails first? I'm hoping I don't have to get a dedicated fish for this job if I can get away with an invert.

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IMO, snails are much more dedicate than the sleeper banded goby. Cuz snail when their condition get bad u can't really tell and most of the time they will just die really fast. Eventho they don't cause much, but as i said u need some wat lage amount of them to do a good job. On the other hand 1 fish is enbough to lean at least a 90g tank's sand bed.And I never see it stop,also it accept frozen food.Very hardy fish.
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