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Old 02-08-2011, 03:28 PM   #1
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Keeping live sand clean

Which type of fish are good for keeping the live sand bed nice and white clean. I often see brown string like things on the side of the sand bed from the glass. Randal goby? Diamond goby???

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Old 02-08-2011, 04:41 PM   #2
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i can only think of a sand sifting star however i have a fish in my tank its a kind of draggonet i think cant remember at the moment but he goes around picking up the sand and eating bits of it then spitting the sand back out again. for the brown string like things i have no idea maby take a pic that might help othere people identify it for u.
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I have been told the bullet goby is a very hard worker.
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nothing is going to clean the sand at the glass. those brown lines will be there forever, and it's a sign that life is in the bed.
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btw, do NOT buy a sand sifting star. you will kill it. you don't have food for it in your tank and it will starve to death.
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I don't really know I have a little bit of purple algae growing on top of my sand and I like it.
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What does a sand sifting star eat?
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Micro organisms in the sandbed - if you introduce one, you won't have live sand for long.

Need some more info about your tank to answer the original question. What size is your tank? What is the depth of your sandbed?

I personally like both the Diamond Watchman goby and the Yellow Shrimp goby, but depends on the size of your system.
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I have a 76 gallon
Sand bed must be already 2 inches deep
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