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Old 04-10-2009, 11:26 PM   #11
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One word of caution on the sand sifting star, they need larger and more mature tanks otherwise they can starve.
I do agree with Buc, they are great, just make sure they will have plenty of gunk to graze.
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Old 04-11-2009, 12:18 AM   #12
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see if you can get your hands on a yellow headed sleeper goby. I have one of those, and it keeps the sanding looking like new.
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Old 04-11-2009, 03:54 AM   #13
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never heard of the yellow headed sleeper goby, I will have to look into that. I was going to get a yellow watchman goby eventually, are they similar?
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no they are not very similar. the watchman is much smaller, here is a link to the yelowheaded goby YouTube - Yellow headed sleeper goby

It picks up mouthfuls of sand, and then sifts it out of its gills, eating whatever is in the sand. It can grow to about 5". the watchman is much smaller and not very active. You might not see it for days.
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here is another one. The diamind goby(?) It looks like it does the same sort of sand sifting thing

YouTube - diamondgoby
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The snails and the crabs have proven to be a tankcleaningblessing. But the (orange)spotted goby has impressed me beyond words w/his sand-sifting energy level !!
I have a 100gal which was extreamely neglect by previous owner.But since rebuilding and restocking phase...5 snails...5 crabbs...and 1 goby..(and of course a protien skimmer and pump/filtering system all is well).
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Old 04-12-2009, 05:53 PM   #17
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I have had a HUGE problem within the last few days of this brown/red stuff showing up on my rock and substrate. I tested the water and it is testing within normal parameters. I have some photos here if you all could take a look and let me know what you think this is. Thanks a bunch!
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It looks like the start of cyano...Try redirecting your flow to those spots...on another note, it seems to consume phosphates at an alarming rate, so you may not even get a reading for them....
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I will try moving my powerheads down towards the sand, it has gotten about 50% worse since yesterday when I posted the pics. Maybe I am getting ahead of myself but should I put a supplement in the tank to kill the algae? Any suggestions on supplementation if I should go that route? Thanks!
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Nope, it's not an algae, but a bacteria...kinda like the beneficial bacteria that converts your ammonia to nitrAtes.....
More frequent PWCs, possibly less feeding and less lighting..
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