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Old 10-24-2006, 10:43 PM   #1
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Sand sifters?

What kind of SMALL fishie can I get for sand sifting? I want yellow headed jaw fish, but cant find one around here here we have watchman goby, yellow clown goby, and a few others that frequent, but if I can see if the LFS will order a good sand sifter, what should I get?
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Nassarius snails will do IMO. The yellow clown won't be near the sand at all. Yellow watchman doesn't sift either. I'm thinking the jawfish might move enuf for for his hideout, but that's it. Never had one though. Two spot gobies will sift, but I never had luck w/keeping them for over a few months. I can't think of another SMALL fishie that sifts. Not saying there aren't any, I just don't now of'm. Others I know of are larger gobies, but they'll move too much sand in that sized tank IMO.

Check out those snails.
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Thanks! I will check out the Nassarius snails....
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look into the jumbo tonga nassarius. i have found the little ones just dont move enough. i had three in my 29g. they did a great job

austins dad, i am looking into a goby for my 75g. i wouldnt mind something that moves around the sand. which one are known to sift? which ones should i stay away from.

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Another possibility is a goby/shrimp combo. Check liveaquaria.com:
http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/s...fm?pCatId=1852
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I got a small horshoe crab two weeks ago and he sifts through the sand 24/7. You can see paths in the sand where he has been and can track him down following his trail. He does stay at or below the sand so you don't see him all the time, but he does awesome turning the sand over. Much better than my nassarius snails do.
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and here's the sand sifter gobies....

http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/s...fm?pCatId=1851
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I have one of these and they sift all day long

http://www.vividaquariums.com/10Expa...ode=01-2742-10
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Mel, he is definitely a cool looking goby. Are they semi-agressiv or peaceful?
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Mine is peaceful. When I first got him he was silver like the link I sent but as he got older he turned darker. here he is



I also have a pink spotted Goby. He`s not much on sifting but he does do it.

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