We are re-setting up our 8-yr-old reef this week... as a barebottom tank... will our sea cucumber need to be re-homed since he'll no longer have sand to crawl around in? Will he find enough to eat?
I dont agree with this part about the sand at all though.Wiskey said:I've been told that Cukes don't need sand, it just gets in their way, and that they don't even see sand until they hit our tanks.
I think Geoff also has a couple in his BB tank doing great! (I hope it was Geoff)
Wait a moment, we are talking about diffrent kinds of cukes here. I am talking about the ones that look like a turd and eat poo. You are talking about the filter feeding ones that catch stuff with their hairs and eat it off. I don't know about the kind you are talking about, only the poo eaters.Casey said:I dont agree with this part about the sand at all though.
Sea cucumbers are generally scavengers, feeding on debris in the benthic layer. Their diet consists of plankton and other organic matter found in the sea. One way they might get a supply of food is to position themselves in a current where they can catch food that flow by with their tentacles when they open. Another way is to sift through the bottom sediments using their tentacles. They can be found in great numbers beneath fish farms.
When sea cucumbers are eating, by browsing the seabed, they cannot breathe through their mouth, so they can breathe through their bottom as well. Sea cucumbers reproduce by releasing sperm and ova into the ocean water. Depending on conditions, one organism can produce thousands of gametes.
I didnt lose my coral just the cukes ,I probably didnt have enough food in the water column since I dont feed much at all so they couldnt get it there and with the sand gone they couldnt get it there so they could have starved to death I blame myself for not asking first like you did,in nature they are found on the sand alot so it only seems right that they would need it to forage through with there tenacles to find food,most of my friends that have them that look fat and healthy have them in sand tanks,so its up to you really,JMO thanks good to talk to you again.ShirleyM said:So you're saying the cuke would be happier with sand?
You lost your corals with the BB system? Everything has been BB in the "holding tank" for the past 3 - 4 weeks, no problems... so far...
And thank you for all the info etc.
First one died and I had to get another one I have increased food to the tank since I got him and have him still but I dont like feeding the tank so much so he might get transfered to my sand tank with the others they are fatter and look better anyways thats why I like them in the sand tanks.MO.ShirleyM said:So has yours been living in a BB tank?