Sifting sand

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    What is the best reef-safe invertebrate to get for sifting sand?
     
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    I use a sand sifting star fish, just make sure you have lots of sand that is atleast 3 months old, gotta give those ole star fish something to eat. I have also use golden headed gobbies, get a matted pair. Be warned the gobbies are VERY messy, they will put sand everywhere but if you don't mind cleaning behind them every few days they are awesome cleaners.
     
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    sand shifting stars and gobies are good but while there sifting they are eating.They will rapidly deplete your sand of critters(copepod and amphipods) that eat detris and algae
     
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    sand sifting star

    I love my sand sifting star even though he disappears in the substrate for days at a time.
     
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    Thats what the refuge is for, making more copepods. :) My sand sifting star was crawling the tank walls the other day.
     
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    sand sifting star

    my sand sifting star crawls up the wall sometimes, too. It's the coolest thing to see the way he mooves. I don't have a lid at all. I doubt he'll be able to climb over the lip, though. What do you think? I didn't know what a refugium was until the poll. I will be building one in the future. Seems like an inside winter project.
     
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    A refugium is awesome to allow small animals to grow and if seeded with some algea it can really help reduce nitrates and makes free food for your herbivores.
     
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