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Old 05-06-2009, 06:57 PM   #1
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Substrate cleaners

I've noticed that the sand on the front of my tank below the surface is starting to get dirty with some algae. What is a good fish or invert to get that will sift down into the substrate and clean it? I know that some gobies will but what are some other options?
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sand sifting starfish if you have the room are requirements for one
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Yea, that's one that I found but I don't have a huge open area for one.
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you could try hermits or arrangement of snails
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But the problem I'm having isn't on the surface, its under the surface. Hermits and snails wont clean under the surface will they?
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i know for a fact the snails will the hermits ........................... not sure about them but they will clean up any excess food that eventually gets trapped under the sand.
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What type of snails should I get for the sand? I have turbo snails right now, 4 of them, but they never leave my live rock.
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Thanks! That gives me an excuse to get a Goby too. I love the character that they have.
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necessarius snails. sp? they cruise around under the sand, cleaning it. ive got 6 in my 26 and they seem to be doing a good job. they keep things from setting in the sand
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