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Old 10-17-2009, 02:01 PM   #21
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First thing I want to do is thank everybody on this forum. My tank already looks better than it has for a long time. To be honest I got really frustrated and gave up on the thing for awhile, but this forum has gotten me going again. THANK YOU ALL.

I think the fact I have a DSB and even though I have been doing some vaccuming when I do water changes what comes out of the sand bed is pretty nasty and dark. I just kinda feel that there is a lot more in my sand bed that needs to be cleaned out. I would love to order some feather dusters and corals but I first wanna get my Nitrates down more. The 55g package they have has 55 sand bed stirring snails which I think is really what I need. I am also hoping that since I have a Chocoalte Starfish and a few crabs that adding the clean up crew will help me to reduce nitrates by causing my skimmer to work more?
just becareful u might end up having too much snails and don't have enough food for all the cleaning crews. ^^ nitrate at 15ppm is not that bad, and cleaning crews really won't help much reduce nitrates, they will eat left over food but they will also poop as well., which they slow down the nitrate raise IMO. what you need is some marco algae~ get some chaeto, they worked great for most people. long term nitrate control--- mangroves r suggested!

isn't that great if your skimmer doesn't have much to skim, thats mean your water is clean!! hehe, I love to see my skimmer collection box empty, thats mean my mangroves n marco algae r working XP
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Don't get me wrong I love to see it empty too, lol! But with Nitrates at 15 I want to see some in the cup. I will take a look at the smaller clean up crew they offer
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Actually if I order the 40g clean up crew I get a mini clean up crew free. I think that might be the route I go. I might add a few sand sifting crabs too.
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^^ god I love your starfish, make sure it doesn't eat crabs n hermits OoO.
I want a star too, but most of them is not reef safe. ToT
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I think the chocolate starfish is reaf safe. I don't think he will eat them or has eating them. The other day I had one crawling over him to get to the other side of my rock. The hermit is still alive.
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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but the CC star is not reef safe. It will decimate your corals. You`ll need to get rid of it before you get any corals.

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Just read a thread that said Chocolate Star Fish are NOT reef safe! They love to eat corals.
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any star is reef safe??
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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but the CC star is not reef safe. It will decimate your corals. You`ll need to get rid of it before you get any corals.

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any star is reef safe??
"Linckia" stars are reef-safe...
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