How to clean substrate

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Reply #15

Substrate was a pain in my Ar*e to keep clean, always looked messy and i didn't want to disturb it so once a month with a turkey baster i use to slowly clean the surface by sucking the rubbish away. i purchased a diamond watchman goby and since then my sand has been crystal white. the first week my tank had a slight cloudy look where he was mixing the sand up so much but now no maintenance and continually clean. he does move it to where he wants it though. not a probelm for me TBH. highly recommend getting a goby though. acts like a member of the CUC but has loads of character swimming about the tank.

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Good advice, I may get one, I need something to turn over my sand bed a little more. I've got a big sand sifting starfish, but that rarely surfaces, it moves around underneath the surface so doesn't really turn over the surface...
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Blue cheek are supposed to be the best at turning over the sand bed. I used to have a yellow watchman it would turn the sand over, as it would normally stay in one area I wound end up with a mound.  Which it would then perch on.
I should really sort this out!!

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Reply #18

What about with medium substrate though? Don't they normally just turn over small substrate/sand sift?

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Reply #19

Yes, they can only sift small\fine substrate.
Jess, do you have rubble then? 5-15mm?
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I'd say all about 5mm

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Reply #21

Nass snails move through the substrate, but don't know how they would get on with 5mm?
maybe ask macca on RC UK?
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Reply #22

The ordinary normal Nassarius snails will struggle, as they don't get much bigger than a pea, so they'll just float over the top and won't do much, they'll stay on the rock anyway, but super Tongan Nassarius snails get much bigger and they'll have no problem.
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