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Old 01-03-2008, 11:33 AM   #1
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Algae Cleaner Packs

Has anyone ever ordered an Algea Cleaner Pack (Crabs, Snails, etc) from any of the online vendors?

If so, who through and did you like it?

When they arrive, what special considerations are there before placing them in your tank?
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Old 01-03-2008, 11:52 AM   #2
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IMO, those "starter packs" are too large for a new tank that they have each one rated for. You may want to look at a smaller package, since there might not be enough for them to eat in a new tank. I think it is best to start off small and add to them as I go along. I would look at the clean up crew packs and see if your LFS has a similar variety, just get fewer of them. I like to acclimate my inverts for at least 2 hours.
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First off, if it's cold down there, I'd delay until warmer weather for shipping inverts especially.

Most importantly, those "packs" are intended to be the full compliment of cleaners for a very mature tank. Otherwise, lots of those critters will starve.

Tell us a bit about your tank set up. qty of rocks, type of substrate, age of the tank, other inhabitants. Any inverts in there now? How many?

How's your nitrate readings?

Check articles on acclimation procedures. Can't just drop those in the tank.
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The articles haven't been migrated over to the new servers just yet, but should be soon....
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I agree, definitely not for a new tank. I guess I should have stated that this is not a new tank. I bought it already setup from a friend of mine, but he sold all the livestock before I purchased it. There is definitely plenty of algae in there for them to eat but not out of control but I do need to get a crew in there soon. I checked with my LFS but they are way over priced on that type of stuff and carry a very limited stock.
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The tank (live rock and sand) is about 4 years old and well established. I have had it in my house for around 3 months now with only a clown fish and anemone in it, both are doing great so there is little bio load on the system as I am a firm believer in adding things very slowly to acclimate. All readings are fine.
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Ok, cool. What size is your tank?
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The cleaners are OK but try these tips to get rid of algea in the tank.

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It's a 75gal.
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Keep in mind that since your'e not feeding much (with only a clown and anenome), you won't need a large crew. How much rock in there BTW.

I'd say get 20 or so snails:nassarius-5, mexican turbos-8, astrea-8, maybe and 25 or so hermits. Red legs are nice IMO.

Might consider a brittle or serpent star also. Stay away from the green brittle. Big and mean. If the nitrates are consistently in order, might try 3 cleaner shrimp also. I tend to prefer the blood red. They ALWAYS outlive the skunk cleaners.

This time of year, I'd be afraid of mail order and consider that smaller quantity from your lfs unitl the weather warms.
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