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    Cleaning the sand

    Do anyone know if there is anything on the market that will clean your sand substrate. Well besides those Vaccuums?
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    yes there is ... Get yourself a good sized clean up crew
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    something like alot of snails crabs and cleaner shrimp?

    Is there something that will clean under the top layer of sand? something that will sift into the sand
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    I was blowing off my rock tonight and the turkey thing got away from me and I blew some of the sand and a whole pile of crap came out. should I get my gravel cleaner and give the sand a going over?
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    If you feel a need to vac the sand do ONLY the top 1/4 to 1/2 inch and no more. Also only do a small amount at a time and wait perhaps a week before moving to the next area. crabs, bristle stars cukes etc will keep after your sand for you.
    Rob

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    I think i seen something in Barrie called a Sand sifter starfish. Are they any good at cleaning sand? If I got one of them I'd be afraid that he would move all the sand under my aquascape and my rock would shift or worse again fall and break the glass. Had anyone ever heard of rock falling and breaking the glass? What a nightmare!!!:frustrate
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    Yes it's very possible with those stars. However, you don't want to get one of those. there's a reason they are sandsifting stars..., they sift through it looking for critters to eat!! I otherwords, they will clean out all the beneficial sand critters and microlife you've strived so hard to get going in there.
    DON'T get one!!!!

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    ok will do Thank Toutouche. One Other question. Are Chocolate chip starfish reef safe?
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    ccan tell you fisrt hand they are not mike a family memeber bought me one as a gift thinking it was nice..well the darn thing ate my star polyps and started on a colt before i could get rid of him
    Craig

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    right on Craig. Did you get the message that I left you on MSN?
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