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Old 04-05-2009, 10:54 PM   #1
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Dirty substrate problems

Hello everyone! I just added my first livestock this week to my aquarium (about 5 snails and 6 hermits) and put some algae tabs/dried seaweed to feed them. I noticed that the substrate is pretty dirty from the algea tabs and my few hermits seem to be more interested in the LR than the substrate. I was wondering if adding some more clean up crew to the tank would be a good idea. I was looking to buy a crew for a 30G tank since my 72G in pretty new. Any advice? Thanks everyone for the continued help!
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I have several of these and they do a good job cleaning sand.
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No I do not vacuum the sand as it is very fine and also it is in impossible to reach areas due to the LR bing puttied together. I was going to get those snails melosu but they were out of stock!
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Just a note did a full water test of Fri and all levels were fine
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Post the results and the experts will analyze and advise as needed to help make sure things are going well.
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I just purchased 10 Nassarius online and will be getting them tomorrow! Hopefully that will help, thanks everyone!
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You can also add more flow to the tank.
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Just get some sand sifting creatures and make sure your tank has good flow, and you shouldn't ever have to clean your sand. There's no good way to do it anyway, because if you try to suck up debri with a gravel siphon you end up sucking up all your sand also.

Nassirius are a good start. A Sand-Sifting Starfish is also good to have.
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I am happy with the 10 nassarius that I put in the other day, but I should have got about 20 more! I didn't realized that they were sooo small. I will probably drive 3 hours to That Fish Place and get more instead of ordering from them online to save the $35 shipping charge!
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