whats the best sand sifter

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by JRocha, Mar 7, 2010.

  1. JRocha

    JRocha Supporting Member

    I am need of a sand sifter that can sift over 100 plus pounds sand. I've had orange diamond gobies before but I don't like how they always happen to dump the sand on my open brains. What sand sifting goby is the most efficient and will least be likely to dump sand all over my corals?
  2. kvosstra

    kvosstra Guest

    The best sand sifter is a strong power head a gravel vacuum.

    The most efficient goby...might be homo sapiens, often come in different sizes, males seem to be better at sifting sand than females. However, be careful that the homo sapien goby does not get too much ETOH, or they often dump sand all over the tank.
  3. CookieJar

    CookieJar Guest

    ROFL !!! :D
  4. kvosstra

    kvosstra Guest

    oops...I was thinking about Tribbles I guess.

    For a real answer, "Sand sifting" as you are using it, is sort of a misnomer. I am guessing that you want to clean the sand, or at least keep it clean. Sand sifting creatures do sift through the sand, but they eat the small matter (animals, algae too ( I think)) that live in the sand, thereby reducing its biodiversity.

    If you really want to keep the sand looking clean, the best bet is to have high flow over the sand, and then to find where detritus collects and syphon that out on a weekly/monthly basis. Then to really keep the sand looking clean, you need to stir or vacuum the top layer...so see, my first answer wasnt total BS!

  5. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Never really thought of gobies as a sand sifter, sure they make their burrows, some of them might actually filter it through to look for food, but overall I used to love those brown cucumbers (ones that look like someone dropped a deuce in your tank) it was fascinating to watch their multi-tentacle mouth that would make an anime fan squeal in joy pick up sand and eat it, only to poop out clean sand behind him in nice little cylindrical shapes.
  6. JAR

    JAR Supporting Member

    nassarius snails keep things churned up pretty well in my tank.
  7. CamryDS

    CamryDS Guest

    my nassarius usually gets eaten by hermits, along with my astrea.

    get a kent algae scrapper and stir up sand that way. I'm fighting cyano right now, covering the whole sand bed, but not rocks (thank god)
  8. glee

    glee Guest

    i have 1 sand sifting starfish, 2 nassarius snails, and 1 large tongan snail that does a decent job on my sand bed. ive seen sand sifting gobies wreck havoc on lps on the floor of tanks.
  9. Rick778

    Rick778 Guest

    Had a Gold Head Sleeper Goby that did an awesome job sifting sand, but made a complete mess in my tank. Ended up taking him back the the LFS.
  10. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Sandsifting stars usually end up starving since they consume so much of the microfauna in the sandbed.

    The best sandsifter that I know of are tiger tail cucumbers.
  11. JRocha

    JRocha Supporting Member

    thanks guys. I have nass' snails but i have a lot of sand. no more gobies cause they put sand all over my open brains. sand sifting stars have done a good job before but my harliquin shrimps would have a field day with them. i was asking cause I was having a diatom problem but it ended so I think i will be alright for now. still want a few engineer gobies though.
  12. phishphood

    phishphood Guest

    engineer gobies get big and hungry....just an fyi And i've never really had luck with them moving sand that wasn't in/near their tunnels.
  13. Roc

    Roc Guest

    I think the short answer is there isn't one, either they need more food then your sand will have which means you have to actually add food to the tank to contunie to feed them, which has the bi product of usualy adding diatoms or other algae from the un processed food being added, plus they throw the sand everywhere, or they are so small they don't make a dent in your sand bed.
  14. JRocha

    JRocha Supporting Member

    they help with detritus by the rocks and yes they do throw sand everywhere but they look awesome as adults. i was able to keep 4 for about a year until my tank crashed. but we'll see what I do. i mean I have over 40 fish in my system and I am really sketch about adding more to it.
  15. huskysglare

    huskysglare Guest

    Diamond Goby. He shifts all the sand in my 170g tank. He shifts too much sometimes and my powerhead blows the sand everywhere.
  16. Sfork

    Sfork Guest

    these guys http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtlPxVi5cKE
  17. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    IME/IMO brittle stars are not in the "sandsifter" catagory. They may grab some stuff off it, but they don't sift through sand to get food, nor do they eat detritus like most sand sifters.

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