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    CUC Help

    Hey everyone soo saturday I'll start adding my clean up crew. But I have no idea what to add... I only want small and effective snails... "Crabs are evil" So i'll probably want to start with 20 :b5: and then Ill add more if neccesary... but I just don't know what kind of snails to get... any advice will be more than helpful... just remember small and effective. :021:

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    I'd start with 20 nassarius, 20 trochus, 20 astreas.. or 10 of each.
    The trick is in the variaty. Most LFS carry a few kinds. Where are you located ?
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    Other kinds to consider are like marguarita, astreas. check with your LFS.

    as for the evil crabs, I found that having a few is beneficial 100 would be too much and you'd end up with just a few of the strongest.. but having lets say 5-10 in a 90g wouldn't be bad.. they eat junk and algea and keep things pretty clean.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
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    updated: 2011/05/30

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    what size tank??

    i agree,

    if you have a sandbed then get some nassarius, fewer if they're the larger super nassarius.

    for the glass and LR get ( in order of my preference ) cerith / trochus / astraea / margarita / turbo.

    as pointed out by liv, a good variety is always best, each member ( species ) of the clean up crew has its strong points and finding the right balance is the key.

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    Hey, Thanks for the answers. I have a 90G tank with a 40G sump/fuge. I don't know if this helps but Its going to be a SPS only reef. I'm going to google those snails and then check them out at the LFS and now Im thinking of adding 3 hermits... but which ones? all the same? or I mix the spieces?

    Thankz again.

    Mauricio. :b2:

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    for the hermits.. red or blue or zebra legged.. the ones sold at your LFS.
    3 hermits in 90g.. that wont me much.. you'll loose them.. and wont really benefit from their work.. in my mind 10.. at worst.. you can always catch them later. also keep some snails and hermits in your sump to keep things clean in there too. make sure your pumps are covered to stop the shells from being sucked in the pumps.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    i prefer the dwarf blue legs, they stay relatively small ( 1/2" - 1" ) and i've found they'll eat just about anything. as liv said three wont really do much for that size tank and some places sell their hermits cheaper in units of 10 ( 12? ). hermits are very interesting to watch and often all meet up on a specific rock for a big cleaning party.

    try to stay away from the larger hermits ( electric blue / electric orange / halloween / etc... ) because they grow up to 2" and can be very destructive ( knocking stuff over and eating everything ). these guys are alright when just one is added but not an entire CUC.


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    Cool

    So! I figured out my CUC :b15: Thank you guys for the help.

    CUC:

    15 ASTREA SNAILS.(HERVIBORE)
    15 NASSARIUS (CARNIVORE)
    15 CERITH (OMNIVORE)
    15 TROCHUS

    Hermits:

    10 dwarf blue legs/red legs/zebra

    can I mix the hermits? or one kind per aquarium?

    Another question... Can I keep only 2/3 hermits in my fuge... I'm afraid any kind of snail will try to get into the return pump and catastrophe! :b12:

    I'm gonna start adding the first inhabitants this week :011:

    Water P:

    Ammonia/salifert = 0
    Nitrates/sera = 0
    Nitrites/salifert = 0

    yey me :b2:

    Mauricio.

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    looks like a nice set of snails
    for your questions: you can mix those crabs no prob.
    you can keep what ever you like in your sump as long as they get along.
    we sometimes even keep crabs which are nasty for the hobby in there.. like hitch hickers that would otherwise end up in the garbage or down the ivory god as for snails and crabs in sump.. either one of these will get into your pumps. your pumps will need to be protected by something like a plastic strainer or grill of somekind.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    K, thankz Liv :b15:

    I was thinking I could get huge snails for my sump :b7: and 2 hermits... They're just awesome xD I had soo much fun yesterday watching them eat algae xD hahahaha.

    I got an Ocellaris (but his kinda big :b1: I wanted to have a small one to watch it grow) , 3 scarlet hermit crabs and 2 blue leg hermit crabs :b5:

    They're doing fine... My only worry its that I took out some big liverock to add some small base rock so I could have more space to add corals in the next 3 weeks... So I hope my tank doesn't get unbalanced :b8: I'm scared to test the water :b1:

    ohh and I'll add the snails soon.

    Thankz. Mauricio

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    good to hear everything is going well, keep an eye on your tank parameters after adding any new life. was the base rock you added wet?? or dried out?


    don't be scared to test, you're far better off knowing than hoping :b15:


    let us know how you make out
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