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bottom feeders in saltwater

Discussion in 'New Hobbyists' started by canman, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. canman

    canman New Member

    I have a 125 aggressive fowlr tank. The puffer and panther grouper make a huge mess with their fecal matter. Is there any kind of fish that will sift through the substrate and at least help a little towards the cause.
  2. sly

    sly New Member

    Sand sifting starfish.
  3. texasmetal

    texasmetal New Member

    Originally Posted by Sly

    Sand sifting starfish.
    Would make a good snack for the puffer.
    Anything that would help knock down the detritus would end up a puffer snack. Urchins, snails, cucumbers. I wouldn't recommend a cucumber to my worst enemy.
    Goatfish will sift through the substrate and help stir it up so maybe that could help remove waste. If the grouper doesn't eat it.
  4. nano reefer

    nano reefer New Member

    yeah, anything that sifts sand will get eaten in a FOWLR. i would just try to keep it clean or feed a little less.
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  5. prk543

    prk543 New Member

    You could try picking up a handful of hermits, they might not end up as puffer food... Hermits worked very well for cleaning up after the Snowflake eel I had.
  6. texasmetal

    texasmetal New Member

    Originally Posted by Prk543

    You could try picking up a handful of hermits, they might not end up as puffer food... Hermits worked very well for cleaning up after the Snowflake eel I had.
    They might last a little while if you toss in a lot of empty hermit shells to camouflage them.
    Puffers love to chew on hard stuff. It's mandatory for their continually growing teeth.

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