Sand Sifting

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  1. r0ckf1re

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    I need some advice on a some creatures to assist with the keeping my sand clean. I don't wan to get a Goby that just sits in his house, and cleans his yard. He must clean the entire neighborhood :lol:

    I was considering a Yellow Watchman Goby or Diamond Goby as well as a sand sifting Star.

    Can you guys advise on what would be a good route.
     
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    Sand sifting star fish did wonders for me. I also think the Diamond goby is the more mobile of the to gobies when it comes to sifting sand, the only down side is they tend to mess sand on corals etc. Another option is a Nassarius snail which also sifts through substrate. I would first look at the star fish and the snail, then later on a gobie (as they tend to get quite territorial especially with other gobies).
     
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    Thanks, appreciate the responses.
     
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    i have the same he is awesome, messes a little but super active and cleans all over
     
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    what sizes does the sand sifting and bristle starfish normally range in? and which is more effective? Cos i definitely wanna get one of them, they pretty and i think it'll look great with colored corals(not the cape flats type) Ive got this tiny tiny 20gallon tank. so i will soon be adding 1 starfish 1 turban snail and 1 hermit crab. yet i keep on reading they are aggressive, how true is this?
     
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    What are aggressive ? Nothing you mentioned seems that way to me. Live Aquaria can assist you with all your questions.
     
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    I read a post om masa boit some guy giving notes that his blue legged crab gave the other lottle guys in the tank grief. I think it was from a CUC thread
     
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    Sand sifting star fish are peaceful and you can buy them quite small. They can grow to about the size of a large dinner plate but that can take years before they reach that size. As for bristle star fish you get a variety of them but generally not aggressive. Hermit crabs are opportunists but generally blue legged ones are no problem.
     
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    To be honest, my blue legged just sit on the rock, hardly see them doing anything constructive. The one loves sitting next to my Candy Cane which annoys me, so I move him, he goes back there. Have not seen them being aggressive though.
     
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    Hey bud. Get yourself a strombus conch. Have two in my 4ft tank and they do a great job. Sand sifting gobies can really make a mess.
     
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    Any idea where I can get them from? I don't want a mess in my tank.
     
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    Not sure. Maybe ask some of the sponsors if they could order you some.
     
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    Aquaria Krugersdorp got a few of the white sand sifting gobies. They do go all over. And do not cover everything in sand. Got myself 2 last night.
     
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    Diamond back gobies does a excellent job cleaning sand. Just dont put anything on the ground as it will be covered in sand. Corals higher up are fine and wont be covered.
     
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