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Went to Naples, Fl today and my daughter brought home a sand dollar along with her collection of shells. Turns out he is still alive (about 2 inches across). Is this something I want in my reef? Anyone know what they live on etc.?
 

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Great 0- Thanks - I'll start acclimating him!
 

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They are usually great to have. Stay buried in the sand and eat detritus and usually long lived.
Why don't we see these for sale then? Is there a downside to keeping sand dollars?
 

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Anyone have any other input? Should I put him in?
 

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Hmmmm... seems I remember folks using these in DSB's and causing havoc when they ended up wiping out most of the worms etc in the sandbed, must be old timer's disease setting in...

also that they have a hard time getting adequate nutrition and croaking in the sand bed, sausing a little ammonia apike until they were found...
 

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I was thinking about putting some in my tank (or at least refugium) as there were thousands around the jetties in June. By August, they were all gone. Wonder where they went? Nowhere real fast, that's for sure.
 
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