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Hi!
I have an Aqua One 275, with a 1" deep fine sand and I'm looking for a fish who would get stuck in with working on the sand.
I believe a chalk goby would grow too large for my tank.
I have a blue spot jawfish which could be a problem if anything invades the space.
I have a sand sifting star, conch, nassa snails, but feel I need something else.
If anyone has any ideas I would appreciate :)
Thank you.


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Reply #1

Maybe a smaller wrasse or fairy wrasse may do the trick , my wrasses are  in and out the sand bed and generally forage about it and the rocks for food , stirring up the sand . You'd just have to make sure you pick one with the right temperament for to suit your tank and current / future stock , some can get a little grumpy and aggressive .

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Reply #2

Get any goby that's already eating frozen/prepared foods.  A lot starve to death in our tanks, as they just can't get enough food from the sand they sift. 

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Reply #3

Maybe a smaller wrasse or fairy wrasse may do the trick , my wrasses are  in and out the sand bed and generally forage about it and the rocks for food , stirring up the sand . You'd just have to make sure you pick one with the right temperament for to suit your tank and current / future stock , some can get a little grumpy and aggressive .

Thanks Gav, I have a leopard wrasse who doesn't really touch the sand when it's ups and about, literally just dives in at night. I'll have a look at some of the other types, thanks!


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Reply #4

A orange spot Goby, mine keeps the sand bed spotless in my 6ft tank.
I have 8 nassarius snails but apart from that he takes care of the sand


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Reply #5

Get any goby that's already eating frozen/prepared foods.  A lot starve to death in our tanks, as they just can't get enough food from the sand they sift.

Ah ok great advice thank you !


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A orange spot Goby, mine keeps the sand bed spotless in my 6ft tank.
I have 8 nassarius snails but apart from that he takes care of the sand


Tim

Hi Tim
Thanks for this, I went to check one out today but worried if it would cover the corals over with sand! Do they tend to drop it low? Great pic :)


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Reply #7

Yeah they do cover everything that's below about 6 inches in the tank with sand, so you have to be careful what you place low. Most stuff that's low on a reef is well capable of uncovering itself, but you still need to be cautious.

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Reply #8

I havnt really got anything on my sand bed, I have a candy cane, hammer and Duncan wich he can't cover.
He tends to sift the sand in the same spot. He never pics sand up then take to the rock work higher up if that's what you mean. Things like blue cheeks are bad for doing that.


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