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Besides sea cucumbers, snails, and sand eating Goby I have 2 Engineer Gobies. One on each site of the rock formations. They keep turning over the sand under the rocks. The hard to reach areas. Perfect team with the snails and cucumbersEarlier this week we talked about vacuuming the sand bed to keep it nice and clean. We want to keep it clean for many reasons which include the overall health of your reef as well as for it's visual appearance. Another way to accomplish this is by housing sand sifting or sand stirring inverts and fish. Let's talk about it today!
1. How important is housing sand sifting/stirring livestock to the overall health of your reef tank?
2. What are you favorite sand sifting or stirring fish?
3. What are your favorite sand sifting or stirring inverts?
Same, my twin spot goby keeps the sand clean but all of my chalices and acans are covered in sand every day cuz of himI’m having quite a problem with my tiger pistol. He moves the sand up so much that each morning I have to turkey blast the sand off the corals that he’s moved the sand onto. It’s probably good for the sand in that it avoids a nitrate bomb and keeps the sand turned over... but I don’t think the corals like it.
This seems to be a vicious cycle but I’m willing to endure just to watch the goby and the pistol get on so well.
I know this isn’t the subject of this thread but if anyone has any tips in keeping the pistol and goby in one area of the tank and therefore keeping the sand Bed in check, let me know.
I also have a narssius snail. He goes missing for months on end and then every so often I see his nose poking out the sand bed. I’m a big fan of sand sifters.
Gobies are really effective, but sometime they can be territorial, and only sift certain areas at a time. Some like the diamond goby can even rearrange your sand making piles burying rocks and (gasp!) coral to suit themselves. Even if they don't do much to rearrange the sand they'll almost certainly drop sand on some of your lower placed corals.2. What are you favorite sand sifting or stirring fish?
Our bicolor Goatfish goes everywhere and if I move something he has a party at the freshly exposed sand. Every once in a while he’ll swim up and spit the sand everywhere but that is very rare.Our diamond goby is like that and goes everywhere to clean. Our watchman goby and pistol shrimps pick a specific area.