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Comments The Sea cucumber is available in a variety of different species. The one pictured here is of the Holothuria sp. and includes the black and tiger tail varieties. Sea cucumbers can be a great addition to a reef tank with a deep sandbed. Don't be fooled into the thinking that they eat "waste" or "detritus" and expel "clean" sand. While they do consume some of these undesirable forms of waste and thus help keep a sand bed "cleaner", they are living organisms that produce waste products of their own and they do add to the total bioload that your system has to support. Thus, don't fall into the trap that these organsims are "free labor". That said, they can be a great addition and very helpful in keeping a sandbed turned and areated for a more effective nitrogen cycle. As well as by helping remove some waste products from the sandbed. Be very careful of the species you select and do your research. Sea cucumbers will expell their internal organs when agitated and release toxins that can foul the water column to the point of crashing your system. Some varieties of sea cucumber are down right toxic to the tank when they die in captivity unless you catch this early and can run actived carbon with water changes to dilute the toxic effects. This is less of a concern with the species pictured here, but no cucumber should be treated as completely "reef safe".


Liked about it Effective at helping keep a cleaner sand bed.
Mine original cucumber has split twice, I now have three. Very likely yours may too if given the right environment.


Didn't like Always carries the risk of water fouling if agitated or dies. No other real downside to the species.


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By drdude05
Jul 24, 2009
 
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Good for sand-sifting

Comments As someone else has stated, the cuke pictured is of the Holothuria species. I ONLY use cukes from this species because they tend to be the safest for a reef tank. A cuke's best use is to stir the sand bed. They will eat some detritus and such, but if you have a healthy sand bed that likes being constantly stirred slowly, definitely use one of the Holothuria cukes. Beware that all cukes have the ability to expel their insides and possibly poison your tank. That said, Holothuria species cukes are less likely to do so and are more forgiving of the inevitable accidents that happen with our tanks.


Liked about it Great at stirring up the sand.
Can help eat some detritus and such in the sand, but don't think it's going to magically clean your sand for you!


Didn't like Not very attractive.
If it dies or something traumatic happens to it, it could possibly poison your tank.


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By schneijt
Jul 28, 2009
 
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Awesome cleaner!

General Eats bad stuff such as poop and other wastes, poops out clean sand. Whats there to complain about! These guys are awesome! I have two in my 45 gallon and they keep my sand bed spotless. Every night they come out and eat all the leftovers from the day and more. Great addition!


Liked about it Great cleaner!
Interesting to watch eat
Cool to watch clean sand come out the rear when dirty sand is going in the front


Didn't like ....They aren't available as much as I would like. Hard to find sometimes


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By fihsboy
Jul 15, 2009
 
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Cuke

General I've had my cuke a few years now and even though I now run a barebottom tank he still did OK for over a year - I did just move him to my nano tank though that still has a shallow sandbed


Liked about it Interesting to watch - kept sand clean


Didn't like nothing yet


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By dobejazz
Apr 30, 2009
 
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