How do you keep your sand clean?

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How do you keep your sand clean?

  1. Snails

    72.7%
  2. Worms

    30.3%
  3. Crabs

    60.6%
  4. Starfish

    36.4%
  5. Siphon

    39.4%
  6. I don't have sand.

    6.1%
  7. Fish

    30.3%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    What things do you use to keep your sand clean?
     
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  3. Chris Jones

    Chris Jones Feather Duster

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    I have 2 Brittle stars that are supposed to be sand sifters, but they are more the lazy rock dweller type but are good scavengers.
    I have 2 big electric blue leg crabs, but they just eat the algae off the rock and walk over my corals.
    I have a sally lightfoot crab that I see in the sand from time to time but he likes the rocks better.
    I have a emerald crab that drags himself through the sand, but nothing sticks to him.
    I have a Tiger Gobi that sifts through the sand, but he is just one fish in a vast sand bed.
    In the end, I have a hand attached to my arm that once a month I move through the sand and stir up the bottom and let my mechanical filter substrate catch it, and I clean it twice a day for 3 days.

    -Chris
     
  4. Black_Raven

    Black_Raven Scooter Blennie

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    Lots of Nassarith snails.
     
  5. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Nice responses guys. I added fish. I meant to have that option in there too.
     
  6. Birdlady

    Birdlady Finback Whale

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    1 - Brittle Star (if you look in at night , he is allllll over the sand)


    2 - Fighting Conch - always picking off the sand

    3 - Asst Stombus, Turbos, Stomatella snails

    4 - couple scarlet hermit crabs.....

    5 - Chevron Tang - eats diatoms...picks up a mouthful of sand and spits it out clean!:tongue4:

    My sand stays fairly clean except a center area of low flow, which gets siphoned.
     
  7. JohnO

    JohnO Moderator

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    How about Nuthin' :)

    John
     
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  9. mojoreef

    mojoreef Bristle Worm

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    The birds do a pretty good job of it on the side of the house, hehe


    Mike
     
  10. mmakay

    mmakay Feather Duster

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    Don't forget the 'cukes!! I have a couple of cucumbers that do more to keep my sand clean than all the snails and hermits combined!
     
  11. Birdlady

    Birdlady Finback Whale

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    What kind of Cuke do you have? I have been wanting one, but have not had the time to do the research yet.....;)
     
  12. dx7fd2

    dx7fd2 Sea Dragon

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    And knock over my corals, and pick fights with my other hermits, and eat everything in sight, and get so big that I have to buy additional shells for them every couple of months, and break all my chinaware, and now live in my refugium getting even bigger!!!

    ;) :) ;)