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Old 03-03-2009, 09:18 PM   #1
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Advice please. New goby stiring up a cloud of trouble.

Last year I set up a 150 gallon tank. 48x24x30 tank. Filled it with 300lbs of rock/live rock. The sand started getting dirty so I thought HEY GET A DIAMOND GOBY! So this fish with an appetite for sand is more like a hover vacuum cleaner. I would have never expected so much from one little fish.

Here is where I need advice... I have a medium calcium sand bed. The goby is stirring up so much sand the water is almost too cloudy to see through to the other side long ways now.

Should I remove the goby?
Should I remove and change the sand to non calcium based.

I just happens to be that I planned to rearange all the rocks which meant emptying the tank.

Advice, or is there another option.

Thank you.
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I think everyone goes through this with a new goby, I've seen a few post anyway. When I added a watchman goby I had the same concern but after a few days it got better. The goby will stir it up but eventually the sand will be clean in a way and free of all the dust and crap clouding your tank.
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I got rid of mine last week after 3 days. Too much stir/cloudiness, and he started covering my coral and a clam on the sand bed. Too industrious for my taste.
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I think everyone goes through this with a new goby, I've seen a few post anyway. When I added a watchman goby I had the same concern but after a few days it got better. The goby will stir it up but eventually the sand will be clean in a way and free of all the dust and crap clouding your tank.
I agree in a few days all will be fine. You got a fish that moves your substrate to find your substrate is dusty. Change your filter if it's still cloudy in two days and after it clears up.
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Old 03-03-2009, 11:58 PM   #5
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A lot of reefers are experiencing this problem big time this year for some reason...me too..I am going to try the Special Reef Sand that is not so fine a sand. Mine seems to be really powdery this time. A Diamond or Orange Spot Goby are really good sand sifters. I have a Yellow-head Sleeper Goby that doesn't make such a mess now and he even eats from the LR.
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