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Old 08-03-2012, 02:09 AM   #1
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Sand Sifting?

Is sand sifting necessary in a saltwater tank? What does it do exactly? And if it is, how can I sift the sand?
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It helps to remove gas pockets that can form in the sand detritus and uneaten food. Nassarius and cerith snails are good sand sifters don't get a sand sifting star.
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Its more necessary to maintain your sand bed than it is to have sand sifters. Sand sifters or borrowing animals can actually contribute to the problem.
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It helps to remove gas pockets that can form in the sand detritus and uneaten food. Nassarius and cerith snails are good sand sifters don't get a sand sifting star.
Why do you recommend not getting a sand sifting starfish?
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difficult to keep if you don't have a deep sand bed because there won't be enough food for them to eat otherwise
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Thank you for all your replies! Is having a sand sifting creature completely necessary or will I be okay without it?
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I think I would go with the snails
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Yeah I've been digging a little on the nassarius snails and I think I'll get some of those. How many would you recommend for a ten gallon fowlr setup?
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I'd say go with 5 and 5 to start and see how they do.
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Old 08-03-2012, 03:14 PM   #10
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The nassarius are cool. They are under the sand with just a little antennae thing sticking up. When you put food in they come to the surface out of nowhere and eat. Pretty cool.
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