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    Sand Sifters

    Hey,

    I'm looking for a good creature to stir up the top of my sandbed... has to be hardy and no risk of poisoining my tank.. would a large white sand sifting starfish be a good idea ?

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    Hello

    If you are running a deep sand bed or a plenum then I would say no.

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    nasarrius snails and/or fighting conchs
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    I do have some nasarius snails but they dont seem to do much... maybe I just need a whole army of them or something.

    thanks.
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    I used to have three sand sifting starfish in my 180. They kept the sand fairly white, but as I later found out, they are predatory creatures. There main food were everything that lives in your sand bed that help keep your nitrates in check. With them I always seemed to have measurable amounts of nitrate (12.5 mg/L, is that PPM, I don't know for sure), without them, there are no more nitrates to detect. My sand bed became quite brown for a while, but as more life forms in it, the sand is cleaning up nicely. I'd say it's been at least five or six months since I brought them in to the LFS.

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    cool... i'll just have to stick with the snails then. thanks.
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    Nbreau.

    Pick up a fighting Conch or 2.. no more than that, They stay on the sand bed an work it, They dont do much climbing so make sure they can get around, they will burry themselfs in the sand ... Great addition to a DSB..

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    i too had a sand sifting star which kept my sand clean till i realized he ate up all my copepods, so i got rid of him.

    you may want to consider a goby to stir up your sand.
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    Twinspot (Signal) Goby
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    Are you talking about the two spot goby, Signigobius biocellatus ?
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