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    Sand sifters

    What are some good sand sifters out there? I've read that conches and cucumbers are good. Are there any specific types that are good? Or any other critters?
    55 Gallon w 22 lbs of live sand and 40 lbs of crushed coral.
    60 lbs of live rock. 220 watts PC lighting.

    Damsel, clowns, xenia, digitata, green star polyps, torch, zoo's, candycane, shrooms.

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    Goldenhead Sleeper Gobies are excellent but are a fish! In Critters I have some Nasarius snail and they are pretty good but tiny so you would need a few. I also heard that those Sand-Sifting Starfish are good. Can't remember the proper name right now!
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    Yeah I have a few of the nasarius, but they don't seem to be spending much time in the sand.
    55 Gallon w 22 lbs of live sand and 40 lbs of crushed coral.
    60 lbs of live rock. 220 watts PC lighting.

    Damsel, clowns, xenia, digitata, green star polyps, torch, zoo's, candycane, shrooms.

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    Cerith snails are great for cleaning the sand. They stay small too.
    Susan

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    I have a sand-sifting starfish and he's actually QUITE good. He surfaces every few hours, climbs the glass, does a little jig and then returns to bury himself under the sand.

    He's quite amazing in how you can never tell where he is under the sand or where he's going to pop up.

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    those star fish will consume all your live in the sand.

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    sand sifting stars will consume alot of the micro organisms in your sand be that help keep the sand live. I don't recommend them.

    I swear by tiger tail cucumbers. I have at least three in my 55 gallon for well over three years (I acutally started with one), and the sand bed is always spotless.

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    Hmmm, that's odd because the sand definitely isn't spotless but it's not too bad either. I wouldn't think that my one sand-star could keep up with cleaning the whole tank and therefore couldn't kill the sand.. I could be wrong though?

    Any signs to whether the sand is still live or not?

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    read dr.Ron Shemieks studyies on these stars and about sand beds.at reef central.

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