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Old 12-08-2004, 06:56 PM   #1
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Another Sand Question

I have been struggling with algae almost since I began this hobby two years ago. My latest attempt to address this is to remove my bio balls and use my abundant supply of live rock to do the denitrification for me. I am about 50% through with this process. I would also like to go to a DSB mainly because I don't like the look of the bare bottom aquarium, I don't want to have to constantly siphon the bed, and I like the idea of having the extra denitrification capacity.

I have located a supplier of Old Castle sand in my area. I tested it with vinegar and it seemed to give off a steady stream of bubbles. My question is what extra creatures should I purchase for this bed and when, i.e. should I wait until it has started giving off N2?

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Old 12-08-2004, 06:58 PM   #2
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If you have live rock it will seed the sand. You can also get a cup of sand from an established tank to help it along.
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Old 12-08-2004, 07:06 PM   #3
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I had read that my live rock would seed the sand, but I thought that was primarily in bacteria. I thought I needed some larger creatures to sift through the sand to keep it somewhat stirred up.

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You can get a goby and/or a sand sifting star. I have 4 stars in my 225 and a goby is next on my list of fish as soon as my mated clowns are out of QT and in the main tank.
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Thanks. Which type of blenny are you referring to. I just got a lawnmower/sailfin blenny. He seems to spend all his time on my rocks.

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Sorry meant to say Goby. I already have a blenny and it does the same as yours.

I was told an engineer goby or a twinspot goby. I will be getting one soon but it will be in QT for at least 3 weeks.
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Snails!

Nassarius Snails : Great detrivores and sand-stirrers. They will hide in the sand until feeding time.
Cerith Snails Will also breed in your tank. Good algae eaters and sand-stirrers.
Fighting Conchs : Little vacuum cleaners. One per 2 sq. ft. of sand. They'll eat diatoms and, sometimes, cyano.
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Excellent! Thank you.

Will nassarius snails breed as well?

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i have an enginer goby and i wouldn't sugest it for a sand sifting. mine is really shy and spends all his time hidden in the rocks. every once in a while hill pop out grab some rocks in his mouth and head back into the rocks. kind of cool if you want something that looks like an eal.
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In my case, my LR seeded my sand bed with a ton of worms. Yours may do the same. Mine is a SSB (~1.5-2" avg)
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