horse shoe crab ?

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  1. boetie

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    are horse shoe crabs good for DSP:(
     
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    Sorry? Please elaborate on this Boetie? Do you mean DSB? (Deep sand bed?)

    And I don't really understand "horse shoe craps"? Do you mean "horse shoe crabs"?

    Are you talking about these animals?
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    If so - THESE ARE HUGE! And no. I would not think that it would be a good idea to place them in your DSB...
     
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    what do u think is best for Deep sand bed
     
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    sorry ment crabs
     
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    Boetie - to "maintain" your deep sand bed, you can look at the following:
    - sand sifting starfish
    - dwarf hermit crabs
    - nassarius snails
     
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    thank jacquesb will chek them out
     
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    What about turbo snails?
     
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    Pope_G: Turbo snails is good for algae. They do not really "stir" the DSB.
     
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    Thanks...

    And would blue legged hermit crabs do a better job at the DSB then?
     
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    Jaques, why do you want to disturb the sand bed? It was my understanding that sand sifting stars are the devil - as they consume all the small micro and meiofauna that you want in your dsb...?
     
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    so sand sifting stars are out 2
     
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    so this 2 is a go ?
    dwarf hermit crabs
    nassarius snails
     
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    Yes Boetie. That should be fine. It depends on then depth of your DSB. If your DSB is deep enough (ie. 15cm to 18cm deep) then a sand sifting star would be OK.....
     
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    cool thanks man
     
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    Hi Pope_G: As long as the the "blue legged hermits" are dwarf hermits!
     
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    what happens when u put the normal hermits in dsb? eat all the algae?? and do they chow chaeto?
     
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    Deadmeat - "normal" hermits grow BIG - and starts chowing corals and fish....
     
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    Never own a hermit unfortunately:blush: will get a dwarf one soon but i mean in the DSB in the sump, can you use the big boys? or do they just sift too much sand?

    Or am i overshooting a bit here and you shouldnt disturb sump DSB? :whistling:
     
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    Hi Dane - sorry. I missed your post.

    I got used to get into the routine of manually "raking" the top +- 1cm of my DSB... this released detritus, bacteria and pod/worm "babies" into the water column..... which acted as food for the corals.....

    And - also ensured that the top +- 1cm of my DSB got "unclogged" and "oxygenated".......

    That's why one would want to have your "DSB" "disturbed".... I KNOW that other people would debate this, though........ Some reefkeepers do not believe in "disturbing" the DSB at all!
     
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