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post #1 of 3 Old 09-01-2008, 06:30 AM Thread Starter
Snails in a reef tank

I have recently started a 30 gallon reef tank with a seaclone 100 protein skimmer and a #1 powerhead on 8/30/08. On 8/31/08 after my 40 lbs of live sand was in and the salinity was were it need to be my LFS said I could add LR. So I got about 17 lbs for now as I work up to the 45 lbs needed. So now that you know the deal what I would like to know is when can I start adding things like snails.
Thanks for any help given.
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-01-2008, 10:40 AM
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I am in the process of curing LR right now. From what I've read, you can start adding snails after the cycle is complete (i.e. your LR is cured)
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-01-2008, 08:48 PM
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your live rock should be cured first and you will probally see an algae bloom, it will happen pretty much overnight - check your water params and if there good this is a good time to add snails, i suggest a few turbo snails (good for helping to clean the glass/rock start with maybe 4), a few nassarius snails(good for mixing up the sand bed start with maybe 4), and a few red hermit crabs(alittle more expensive then the blue hermits but from what ive been told are better at eating algaes start with maybe 2) i woudnt over do it because then there wont be much in there for them to eat, you can always add more as you need them. the best thing for doing a saltwater tank is to go slow and do as much research as possible.

as for adding more live rock, do not add it directly to your tank after you buy it! set up a tupperware with pre-mixed saltwater, powerhead(s) and a heater- keep the bucket/container at ideal conditions... SG, temp, water flow and put your rocks in there. let the rocks "cure" in the bucket BEFORE adding them to your tank. if you add live rock to an already cycled tank, most likely the new die off will start another cycle and kill your live stock
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