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  1. #1
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    custodian questions

    I'm a potential customer from Beechmont, Nova Scotia

    I'm looking for a custodian kit. Looking for some blue/red legged
    hermits,
    maybe some turbo snails and maybe margarita snails etc. The tank as it
    stands now is 30 gallons, has just 2 ocellaris clowns, a blue
    starfish(live
    caught in nova scotia) and a european green crab, also live caught here.
    My
    questions are
    a) what would be your recommended kit
    b)how safe are the hermits with the european green crab
    c)is there a particular shrimp that interacts well with clown fish
    d) is it ok to ship these guys this time of year, and if so, how direct
    a
    shipment are we looking at? Are they door to door delivery, shipped to
    airport etc?

    i should also mention that there is no live rock or coral, just some
    macro
    algae for other life in the tank. Also there are some snails that are
    live
    caught here, but are lazier than i would hope to clean algae.

    Any information would help

    Thanks

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    cleaner shrips and clowns go well together. Crabs really like to eat off of live rock and sand, so you may have issues there. I believe margarita snails are actually temperate, and sort of boil to death in our tanks (but I may be wrong). As to the rest, I'm no expert. Someone else will chime in soon, I'm sure

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    i tend to hesitate to add both hermits and snails to a tank. the hermits will eventually kill the snails and steal theit shells. many tend to prefer to just stick with the snails.
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    Wow really? All that i've read seems to suggest both snails and crabs. They seem to eat different algaes and such. I'd like to get both for different reasons too. I like the crabs and find them interesting to watch. The snails serve more of a cleaning purpose than entertainment purpose though i suppose.

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    I think it really comes down to personal preference. I enjoy watching the crabs, and as a result, have them. As long as I don't mind adding more snails now and then, I'm happy. My crabs do go after my snails, even though I have a ton of extra shells for them. I have found crabs to be better at sandbed cleanup than any snails I've tried, although stomatella do a number of glass algae

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    Maybe i'd be lucky and they'd only kill the snails that i harvested here. Since they're lazy anyway :-)

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    Get an emerald crab which eats bubble algae too and as far as I know doesn't eat snail. Then get a varity of snails such as cerith, nassarius, etc.

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    Emerald crabs are just plain mean! They like to nip at sleeping.sick fish.

    starfish(live caught in nova scotia) and a european green crab, also live caught here.
    I'd be careful catching thing locally and then adding them to your tank. The temps are going to be very different!
    James...

    "Knowing is half the battle!" ~ G.I. JOE

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