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Old 01-24-2007, 07:48 PM   #1
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Detrivores for tanks with hawkfish?

My tank is bereft of animal life except a Sand Sifting Sea Star--power failure.

I used to have a cleaner shrimp in there, which prevented me from putting in a longnose hawkfish. Well, I would like one in there now.

But what would eat the uneaten food? The hawkfish would eat any kind of shrimp and hermit crabs. The Sea Star will only eat things in the sand. What are appropriate scavengers?

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Never heard of a longnose eating hermits, but then again, I've never had one! Astrea snails might be a worthy investment, as they seem to stay on the rock a lot of the times. Turbos too, to clean the glass. Seems like your main option is snails. I would give the hermits a try. If you keep the fish well fed, it should leave the hermits alone. Again, just speculation though.


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I would go with nassarius snails/ a CBS would probably live with a long nose hawk too.
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