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Old 07-14-2004, 11:45 AM   #11
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sand sifting star isnt a good idea unless ya dont want much living in the sand
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do you put your live rock in before your snails and all or at the same time?
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yea lr first then snails after ammonia cycle
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Scuba Steve, on the sand sifter thing.... what am I missing from my sand with them in my tank? I think they're neat but would like to know more about how much they remove. I been thinking my fine sand looks better with them moving that top layer around, but am I wondering now if I'm shorting my tank of something more valuable than cool stars.
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the very small mini sand stars are ok from what ive read its the big ones that will eat worms pods ect !! can you see worm trails between your glass and sand?? also use a magnifying glass and look across your sand do you see any thing ?? when i do to mine i see not only pods (amphipods to me look like ants and copods look like a hunch back rollie-pollee) but tons of little flee looking critters (not sure what they are but they stay very very small and a brown/black color ) as well !! there are so many worms in my sand i wouldnt want a star to get at !! i just added two red brittle stars but they seam to like to eat mysis/zooplankton/and raw shrimp !! my first stars as well !! always liked them but was a bit worried they damage my sand/rock of pods but these arent sand sifters !! but went with them anyway cause i have two tanks both have what i feel is a great sand bed so worst case i can pull sand out of one and add to another if they cause harm
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