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Old 05-30-2014, 02:49 PM   #11
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Cuc don't eat fish waste, they eat algae or left over food
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Old 05-30-2014, 04:33 PM   #12
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It depends on how deep your sand bed is. My understanding is that if your sand bed is not deep enough (at least 4-6 inches), there is insufficient anaerobic activity to outweigh the accumulation of detritus in your sand bed if you don't clean it. In that case, you should stir or siphon your sand regularly to prevent buildup of waste and nitrates. If you haven't done so in a while, don't do it all at once. Clean small sections of your sand over time so you don't release too much toxic waste at once.

That's also why some people (especially over at TheReefTank) advocate having bare-bottom tanks to make cleaning easier. I personally don't like the look of bare bottom tanks, but whenever I do my water changes I always clean my sand (while trying not to siphon too much of it out). You won't believe the amount of waste that can accumulate in a matter of 1-2 weeks.
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If you have sufficient flow you shouldn't have detritus settling on the sand bed. Op I would stop stirring the sand but in the end it's your tank so if you feel it's helping then continue.
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Old 05-30-2014, 08:38 PM   #14
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Cuc don't eat fish waste, they eat algae or left over food

Ack you are correct. My brain is overworked today. CUC will take care of most everything except poop.
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I disagree completely with the "clean up crew" advice. You don't need a single snail, shrimp, crab or starfish in a system for it to be healthy. If you have detritus building up on the sand bed, you don't have enough flow. If food is left over, then you are feeding too much.
Whatever you put into a tank must have food to sustain it. Adding a multitude of snails and crabs will force you to add more food for them. It's either that or you will need to "recharge" your cleanup crew on a regular basis, which is just a nice way to say "buy more livestock to replace the ones that starved".
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Agreed with mr_x
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As Mr X said, they all need food, which also means they make waste products. Fun to watch, yes... A necessity, no

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