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Old 10-11-2004, 07:30 PM   #1
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Poop Question

There seems to be a lot of poop and misc. debris on my sand from inverts, snails etc. Should I leave it or siphon in off when i make a water change?
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Old 10-11-2004, 08:41 PM   #2
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Get a clean up crew, mixed hermits scarlet and blue leg hermits. In a 75 gal you could use 30-40 to start. A sand sifting sea cucumber is a good worker. Sand sifting star fish work well. I see you have 2 crabs not enough for a 75...
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Yeah I just started the tank almost done cycling. Didnt want to add much just in case.
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Old 10-12-2004, 09:46 AM   #4
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If you're still in the middle of a cycle then you're just fine. the detritus you're seeing now isn't really from the couple of hermits you have now but more likely just "stuff" from the rocks and sand as the microfauna clean house.

IMO, avoid "sand-sifting" anything. They sift the sand to eat the ANIMALS in it, not the detritus. You want the animals that live in the sandbed to be there. Those animals are the ones responsible for stiring your sandbed. A good brittle starfish would be good addition to your cleanup crew once your cycle is complete. After your cycle, you can vacume off the gunk and heavy algae that may build up if you'd like. Do that, then do a large water change to finish off your cycle. Then get the starfish and a few more hermits and some snails.
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AAAhhh you did see you were still in the cycle.... As BZ says I would hold off till your done with the cycle.
Cucumbers are great detritus cleaners and they do not dig in the SB deep enough to get the pods and worms.
SS Stars do eat detritus at least this is what I have read on severl different sites. Yes they can eat pods and worms also, and the SS also stirs the SB. It all depends on your taste and what your looking to have in your tank. I have had 2 in my 125 reef for over a year and I still have plenty of pods, worms ect.
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My emerald crab is the poopiest creature I have even seen. His rock is covered in poop 2 days after a water change. Okay, that's not what you asked, but I'm feeling your pain.
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