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demasonisrule 01-02-2010 07:53 PM

Clean up crew for 36 gallon?
 
This is my first saltwater tank. It is going to be a reef. I know next to nothing about how much CUC I should get. What would you recommend?

CamryDS 01-03-2010 12:51 AM

This is my cleanup crew in my 30 gallon
15 Astraea Snails
12 Nassarius Snails
3 Peppermint Shrimp
1 Skunk Cleaner Shrimp
6 Hermit Crabs

demasonisrule 01-03-2010 04:46 PM

I may have to do a 30 gallon instead of a 36 gallon. Camry, is it just me, or is that a bit too much? I asked this on another forum and it was as follows:
15 nassarius/ceriths (mix)
4 astrea
3 hermits
is this not enough?

CamryDS 01-04-2010 09:28 AM

I like critters always crawling so I always add more than I should.

terryap 01-04-2010 08:22 PM

only problem with a large amount is if they run out of crap/algae to eat, they may starve to death

demasonisrule 01-05-2010 02:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CamryDS (Post 299526)
I like critters always crawling so I always add more than I should.

I have to say that I like little critters too :sarcastic:. So if I have more cuc, than I would just have to feed them additionally when they appear to run out of food, correct?

Pasfur 01-05-2010 06:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by demasonisrule (Post 300180)
I have to say that I like little critters too :sarcastic:. So if I have more cuc, than I would just have to feed them additionally when they appear to run out of food, correct?

Correct. This works for crabs, but in my experience snails tend to starve to death if overcrowded. Which is why people always complain of having Turbo snails fall off the glass and having to flip them over.

demasonisrule 01-05-2010 06:28 PM

Are there any interesting crabs that I could keep in this tank? Ones that don't hurt other inverts, corals or fish?

NC Frank 01-06-2010 07:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by demasonisrule (Post 300349)
Are there any interesting crabs that I could keep in this tank? Ones that don't hurt other inverts, corals or fish?

No crab is entirely safe as they can become opportunistic feeders. I have an emerald green crab currently in my tank which is real fun to watch (have a pic of him in my aquarium log).

CamryDS 01-15-2010 01:01 PM

I feed algae wafers at times. once a week -- I do have too many snails, most likely I think the snails may have gone, since I had to swap tanks due to a leak -- new tank is leak free, though now I need to add more water T_T
more mixin for meh


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