Clean up crew for DSB

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by magman, 17 Aug 2009.

  1. magman

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    I am keen on putting a few differant clean up crew in the DSB,

    I currently have a few hermits (5 or 6) and prawns/shrimp (about 5), surface area of it is +/- 100cm x 45cm. Without trying to have more LS in my sump than DT, I am keen to throw in a few little wrasse, and one two sea lice. Just to confirm though that you do want a few googas to turn over the top of the dsb?
     
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    Hi won't the wrasse eat all the beneficial critters in the DSb?
     
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    I`m Gonna Watch This One, Also Need To Know What I Can Get For My Dsb
     
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    I would stay away from fish in the DSB, if you wanting to double up your DSB as a refuge.
    The fish, especially wrasses will wipe all the pods. The odd hermit or shrimp is fine. The whole idea of the DSB not having fish, is the critters will firstly consume food/detritus not being skimmed out by the skimmer, but also feed the the main display tank with "new" pods.
     
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    usually bristleworms and bristlestars are used in DSB. Thats about the best thing.
     
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    I've Got A Green Bristle Star In My Sump, Because It Ate All Small Fish Like Gobies Ect. In Dt. Can I Put This In The Dsb Or Will It Also Consume All The Pods Ect?
     
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    I seeded my playsand DSB with some sand I picked up on a dive off Scotburgh. Rolled a rock over and filled a plastic bag with a few handfulls. One of the things I ended up with was a tangle worm. I don't know what model it is.

    The thing is amazing. Its tentacles stretch out over and area about 12cm diameter and it drags everything in towards the centre. Moves when it has cleared an area. It even cleaned out the inside of a section of crayfish leg.
     
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    LOL JWRDive - you referring to a spaghetti worm.... ;) They awesome to have.... they also "propagate" quite Quickly.... So - soon you should have MANY of them...
     
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    Is thr any chance that i can see a pic of this spaghetti worm...?
     
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    jacquesb...Thanks for the swift reply...
     
  13. brentnorm

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    What else would you recommend for a DSB. I have no clean up crew in mine.
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Brent - remind me - when you come and visit I will give you a cup/container full of my DSB sand..... you should have quite a bit of critters in there.
    BUT, I know other people don't like it - but I believe in dwarf hermits....
    A little secret - in summertime, go to Langebaan lagoon - the lagoon water is then nice and warm - and there are thousands of dwarf hermits in the shallows..... you are allowed to collect 50 on a day, with the collection permit..... ;)
     
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    Thanks Jacques. Really appreciate it. I am gonna make a plan in the next 2 weeks.
     
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