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    stocking new tank..

    anyhow what usually goes in first? fish or cleaning crew? i already have 2 or 3 red scarlet reef hermits.. 5 margarita snails.. to go into 75gal.. (in another tank right now)

    im getting the old " we don't have money for that right now.."

    and i don't want the bacteria on rocks to die off lol..

    should i just put the pair of clowns in? with my existing cleaners?

    and add cleaning crew slowly over time since i don't have alot of algae?

    shes mad that i spent a couple hundred bucks so far this month..

    let me know what you all think..

    add clowns now and add cleaning crew slowly?

    cause i should have:

    5 snails
    5 hermits
    1 emerald crab

    as a start for cleaning crew.. and im talking red scarlet reef hermits..

    thanks..

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    Personally, I don't think you have enough cleaner crew.
    My understanding is that you should aim for 1 cleaner crew per gallon. Thus for your tank, 75 cleaner crew. Of course that's a guideline.
    Nonetheless, I would add more cleaner crew.
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    but theres not much to clean..

    i will add more cleaning crew over time..

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    also i talked to a few LFS and marinescape told me not to waste money on a cleaning crew at first.. add small crew at first and add fiah and corals slowly afterwards.. then add more cleaning crew as there will be food for them to eat..

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    Actually a decent start on a cleaner crew (for $$ reasons) is usually 1/2 and throw in a brittle start or something.

    I've had a brittle star for quite some time now and he does an excellent job, however, he can't do it all. A few months ago I bought some various snails from Ivan (narciss, turbo, etc..) and 25 blue legged hermits and 5 red legged and well, they're doing an bang up job on my 75gallon. I also threw in a sand star and he helps.

    Either way, in the inital going I don't think you'll have too much problem with mess if you go 50% of what you need and then add on later (I could be wrong though).

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    Lets ask Johnny Rock about hes cleaning crew..

    well Johnny?

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    Fish add bioload, the biggest problem in a tank.

    You should add fish slowly, one or two at a time.

    Cleaner crew add little or no bioload and can be added more aggressively. Same holds for most shrimp and inverts.

    If this is a new tank with an 11 member cleaner crew, and there isn't much to clean, I might suggest it isn't very mature yet and you should add fish slowly. Maybe a pair of small clowns might help "dirty" the tank for you.
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    agree about the no dirty.. and the tank is fairly new.. with 115# of Established Liverock.. and 12 cups of seeded crushed coral..

    the tank is 3 weeks old.. and had a single hermit in there for the last week..

    ok.. i'll go:

    10 astrea snails
    5 margarita snails
    10 hermits.
    1 emerald crab

    to start..

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    I wouldn't add too many cleaners until you have more algae and detritus. If the hermits get too hungry they'll just eat the snails.

    The tank is only 3 weeks old though, you sure the cycle is complete?

    For cleaners I'd recommend some nassarious and cerith snails instead of so many astreas and hermits. Nassarious stay small and will eat fish poo and left over food. Ceriths are great little sand cleaners.
    Susan

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    i don't have sand tho.. i have crushed coral.. i like it better then sand..

    also i don't think i will have a cycle like alot of reefers have told me due to the fact that i have 115# of established LR.

    i tested my water for last 3 weeks and got all zeros..

    amm 0
    nitrite 0
    nitrate 0

    nothing to break down.. so i was told to start adding stuff slowly..

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