Goby versus star

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  1. Maddy

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    Hi! What is the better one, sandsifter goby versus sand star? Has anyone had experience with the star?
     
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    Sandsifter goby

    Star needs a really big sand bed
     
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    I would never suggest anyone put a sand sifting goby in their tank!
    They drop sand all over corals!
    Make mountains of sand in places in your tank, undermine live rock!
    Everyone I know would swap theirs for a star if they could get them out!
     
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    Depends on the species of gobies. Some like the Golden head or Blue Streak or whatever other local name will and do drop substrate all over. Others like the almost pure white do not. So check them out before buying.
     
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    Yep would only buy the pure white ones they do a bloody good job an dont drop the sand on your LR or corals. If you have a huge tank I would combine stars with those pure white gobies
     
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    Iv been told that the diamond back gobies are also fine. .dunno how true that is tho
     
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    Diamond back is also OK.
    At Dorry Pets in their new big display they have 2 pure white ones. Saw them last night. They take a mouthful of sand and sift it out immediately without swimming up into the water column. they stay on the substrate while sifting.
     
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    My tank is 1.2x60x60 with fine sand (will have to measure exactly how deep). Is this big enough? Tank has been running for approximately 6 months now. I wonder if it sometimes differs from fish to fish because my goby is the pure white one and my LR and ricordias etc are constantly full of sand. I have sold him (if I get him caught) and was then thinking of a sandsifter star. I actually had 2 of these gobys (think they were a mating pair), always together and the one misteriously dissapeared. You get kind of attached to them :blush:
     
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    Ryno, if you do combine the two, will there be enough food for both? I specifically don't clean my sand because Im scared of 'taking' their food away.
     
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    One of those white gobies wil do a great job in your tank
     
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    I have a sand star in my tank. Its doing well. Something attacked one limb, but its grown back halfway already. I really like it, it gets under the edges of rocks and cleans up the muck
     
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    Gobies eat from the water column - win!

    I have a diamond back, makes a mountain on one side of the tank but doesn't drop sand on any corals. Not even my plate.
     
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