DSB critters

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  1. Robert.

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    Is it wize to put sand stirrers in a DSB? critters like sea cucumbers ect.. that only disterb the top layer of sand and leave the anerobic areas.
     
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    One cucumber would be OK - as long as it can not be mushed by any return pump, etc (they are VERY toxic, and will kill your entire tank if seriously stressed). They prefer to live on rocks, though, and not many species will live on the sand. If you manage to get the right "turd" type, though, they do a great job of eating diatoms.

    I would NOT place any "hunters" in the tank, though - many starfish and other so-called sand stirrers actually "stir" the sand whilst hunting the smaller critters living in the sand, and that is not good.

    Hennie
     
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    I use Babelonion Welk snails, good luck in finding them.

    They do not predate on the DSB, but the hide in the top 4-5cm, coming out when I feed them pieces of hake or mussels. They are great vultures.

    In the action of digging into the sand, and popping out when they small food, they turn that top layer.

    Most other creatures will most likely eat the stuff you want in the DSB.
     
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