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Old 02-12-2006, 11:35 PM   #1
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Sand Cleaners...

i just wondering what fish or inverts would be best to clean my sand bed from ditrius and such... any suggestions?? TIA!!
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Old 02-13-2006, 12:39 AM   #2
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I will give u my first choice,the dragon goby also called sleeper banded goby. Very hardy and doing some amzazing job to my sandbed.
u can do a search on it Amblygobius phalaena.
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Nassarious Snails. I have a bunch of them and they do a pretty good job.
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Thanks for the replys thus far guys, i will comense research...
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Sandsifting stars are good if you have a well buffered tank and healthy, stabile water parameters. Also, sand bed clams, sand dollars, and serpent stars. HTH!
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Sandsifting stars will quickly deplete the fauna in the sandbed and then need supplemental feedings to keep it from starving. I don't feel its a good choice unless you have a very large system. I wouldn't consider one for a 50g tank.
Nassarius are great for turning the sand. Conch and cerith snails are another alternative.
In addition to the gobies, (the one mention is probably the best and are normally sold under the name dragon/bullet goby) the twinspots are supposed to be great sifters as well.
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Awesome info!!! Thanks everyone!!!
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Nassarius snails hands down.
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i want some nassarius snails but i cant seem to find any around my area.. is there a good place online to get them for a decent price??
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