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    sand bed fauna

    what are the best sand bed fauna and sand sifters non fauna eaters

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    Here's what I recommend for sandbeds:

    spaghetti worms - left over food, detritus & fish poo
    bristle worms - left over food, detritus & fish poo
    tiger tail & black knobby cucumbers - detritus
    cerith snails - green filmy algae
    nassarious snails - left over food, detritus & fish poo
    strawberry conchs - cyano and diatom algae
    mini brittle stars - left over food, detritus & fish poo
    amphipods - algae, especially rotting seaweed
    copepods - algae
    mysis - left over food, detritus & fish poo

    Some of this will come on live rock, the rest can be purchased and added.
    Susan

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    Hi Flame Angel. I think that's more than once that I've seen you mention Strawberry Conchs and cyano...have you seen yours actually eat cyano. I've got 2 and love their ability to work my sandbed, especially any diatom or misc algae that appears. But during a small cyano outbreak (that's back under control) I noticed they never touched it...just moved over the top to get to the next best thing. Maybe they skip the cyano in my tank if there's something better to go after. Anyways just curious to know if you've actually seen this.

    P.S. Great list by the way.
    P.P.S Holy "smokes", I was "shocked" to hear about your heater. Glad to hear you didn't get zapped.
    Keep passing the open windows!

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    Yes I have. I've actually seen them reach up onto a rock to get it. They will always eat diatoms first if it's available though. If there's no diatoms they'll eat the cyano.

    I'm feeling pretty stupid about plunging my hand into the water after seeing the sparks. I knew better but just wasn't thinking. I just wanted to get the thing out of there asap. I did unplug it first but I still should have known better.
    Susan

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    thanks flame angel,is there a site for pics of the list you just mentioned.

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    Hey Flame Angel, I've always heard horror stories about keeping cucumbers. I was told if one croakes it'll take the rest of the tank with it. Can you shed some light on this, as I see them included in a lot of reef custodian packages.

    Thanks!

    Troy
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    Hi Troy. Well some cucumbers actually are quite toxic but these are the brightly coloured ones. Even amongst these the vast majority won't take out an entire tank but there are a few that will. The tiger tail and black knobby's are ugly but quite safe. They do a great job of keeping a sandbed clean.
    Susan

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    Excellent thank you for the input Susan!

    Troy
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    As Susan mentioned, those 2 cukes are completely safe. The Balck one is in the Holothuria family and there is even a cuke that is split in half by the colors pink & black that is also from the Holothuria family and safe. I currently have 1 of each in my tank ( not the Tigertail though), and 1 black one in my sump.

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    where can i get sand bed critters kit in montreal or surouning areas.like booster kits.

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