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Old 11-04-2009, 08:16 PM   #1
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Clean up crew question?

I am going to be ordering a clean up crew/sand bed stirring crew, and a pollution prevention team and I wanted to get your opinion on it. It is for a 55g reef with 90lbs of rock. The list is as follows and most come in a package. Should I add or subtract anything, substitue?

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15 cerith snails

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8 Scarlet Hermits
15 Zebra Reef Hermits
15 Margarita snails

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1 green brittle star
1 emerald crab
1 sally light foot crab
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Old 11-04-2009, 08:48 PM   #2
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Standard ceriths or dwarfs? And 15 margaritas will turn into 15 new hermit shells... unless you toss some empties in with all those hermits.

I have almost the same CUC as what you have there and it works out for me.
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Old 11-04-2009, 08:55 PM   #3
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does not say on the site if they are dwarf or standard, so I would say standard. I am looking at petsolutions.com for ordering. I had a clean up crew before but I let my nitrates get out of hand and they died so there are shells in the tank. Nitrates are now at 5ppm from 160ppm
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I have 6 margarita snails and they work non stop, cleaning the rocks and glass.
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I've never seen ceriths stir the sand bed.
Depending on the age of the tank (newer, use less), 10-20 nassarius snails (sand stirrers), 10-20 ceriths, 15 or so margaritas, 1 fighting conch.
Skip the hermits...maybe a few if you like (not my personal favorite).
Brittle star is cool (I can't remember if the greens eat fish and other critters or not).
Emareld crab is cool (you'll rarely see it), sally lightfoot is neat too.
What about a pistol shrimp/shrimp goby combo? The pistol will burrow EVERYwhere under your rockand constanly move the sand (but, you will rarely see, but you will hear it).
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Old 11-05-2009, 07:39 AM   #6
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JUst found the pkg for $74.99

Scarlet Hermit Crab:10 Blueleg Hermit Crab:10 Brittle Starfish:2 Coral Banded Shrimp:1 Emerald Crab:3T urbo/Astrea Snail:20 Cleaner Clam :2 Nassarius Snail - Group of 10:1
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2 brittle is too much IMO. So is 3 emeralds. 30 snails? And a clam too? How old is your tank. If young still, most of that stuff is gonna starve I believe. CUC pkgs in my opinion are rated for a fully mature tank.

If it were me, that crew pkg you described might start off in maybe a 200g tank with 200+ lbs of rock - after 6 months even.

Any way you can get smaller crews locally or thru the mail?
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that is 20g-5g crew through the mail.
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Too large. How old is the tank?
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My tank is about 4 yrs old. I had a nitrate problem and lost what few fish I had. The nitrate problem is under control and starting to add things back. It is a 55g with 50lbs of live rock and I added 40lbs of reef rock a few weeks ago.
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