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    Fish waste eater?

    I was wondering if there's any critter that will eat ALL the fish waste that lands upon the sand bed... I don't know what to do :b1: my Nassarius snails ignore the fish waste, I was thinking of a fighting conch? cuz i cant symphon it all w/o losing half of my sand... any input will be appreciated. Thanks.

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    conches are good sand sifters.
    get a variety of snails if at all possible.
    my lawnmower blenny used to chase fish wastes around to eat it... not sure if they all do that.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dynamite View Post
    my Nassarius snails ignore the fish waste.....
    nassarius snails scavenge for meaty foods ( either leftover food or cleaning up the dead ) and wont eat detritus.


    to find the right fit, a couple questions........

    how much sand? ( #'s and "'s )

    what size tank is it??

    how big is the bioload??

    what's your current CUC??
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    Tiger Tail cucumbers are great. They actually ingest the substrate, then it comes out the other end nice and clean! They are also very tolerant and low risk compared to other cukes. They are easy to find and will multiply on their own.

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    why not try this sand sifting sea star, i find this is amazing star fish to clean your sand bend whoaaaaaa..hella great starfish 2 tombs up lol:b2:


    http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...572&pcatid=572

    read this link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Powder18 View Post
    why not try this sand sifting sea star, i find this is amazing star fish to clean your sand bend whoaaaaaa..hella great starfish 2 tombs up lol
    read this link.
    I like what our sand sifting seastar looks like but he seems to really have found happy grounds and dosent want to migrate to any where else in the tank ! (he lives/works on the far left of the tank only)

    I realy like the Nasarious (sp) snails they live under the sand till you feed the tank and then they pop rite out of the sand.

    So what i ment is....I like snail diversity we have 3-4 diff. kinds.

    Also, last time we had an isue with detrious we noticed that there had been a depletions of our CUC. Our hermies are now big enough to take out the snails for a new shell or a quick snack ! *sigh*

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    Well I have a 90g tank with 60lbs of sugar size sand.
    I have 15 Nassarius snails
    20 Nerite
    20 Cerith
    6 hermit crabs

    Bioload:

    1 Clownfish
    1 Millepora
    2 montiporas

    Im thinking... I might get a fighting conch and a sea cucumber :b2: but I don't want the cucumber to outgrow my tank and knock off corals and frags.

    Thanks again

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    neither of those will do well in your tank, your sandbed isn't large enough to support even one of the three ( conch / sandsifting star / cucumber ), especially with the snails you already have.

    i would just add some more cerith nails and see what happens. if you want to be able to vacuum the sandbed, you could swap out the sand for a larger grain size. ( seaflor grade ).
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