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Stiring up Tahitian moon sand.

So I've heared about using trumpet snails to stir up the sand but I don't want them in this tank. I was wondering if anything else out there at leasts skims the surface. Maybe some version of a bleny or goby? Any other fauna suggestions?


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I've never kept corys before but I've read some stories of them uprooting plants. Now I'm not sure if that's the kind of "stirring" you want but it's something to look into. Oh, chopsticks or any other long object can work too I'm sure.

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Why would you do this? To prevent it from going anaerobic? Just get some nerite snails. They should work, and only breed in saltwater so they wouldn't explode in population. Cories may work as well.

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i have the tahitian moon and after 10 months or so with cories+nerites+kuhli's, i've never had it go anearobic. any of 3 will do. The only plants i've ever had uprooted by cories were one's that were just planted without any roots. no fear there.

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Well the surface of my sand is going slightly grey untill I "till" it over. This is why I want something to lightly stir it. Currently I have my fish in a hotel until the plants start rooting. So far its been 3 weeks.

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dwarf cories are the way to go! Too small to uproot plants, perfect for sand IMO, they like to school so go with at least 5
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dwarf cories are the way to go! Too small to uproot plants, perfect for sand IMO, they like to school so go with at least 5

Hmm, dwarf cories huh? I'll check em out this weekend at the lfs. Thanks neighbor to the north!
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Dwarf Cories indeed! Great way to disturb the surface just enough to keep the debris in circulation until the filter picks it up.
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Corydoras Habrosus is the dwarf one FYI ^^

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Went to the LFS today! Saw the "dwarf" corys, so tiny! Asked for five and the person helping me said the tank was being medicated and to try back in a week. Grr. Also saw some bigger armano shrimp, wow those guys were stirring up their sand!
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