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Old 08-07-2004, 06:34 PM   #1
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Crabs doing a great job!

Well, a week after adding 11 hermit crabs (blue/red legs) I'm pleased to say they're doing a great job, much better than I expected, and the majority of the algae in my tank is now gone.

Which is now making me worry my crabs won't have anything to eat.

If all the algae goes in my tank, which in time I guess it will (no new algae is growing back now thanks to the Rowaphos I've had in for the past couple of months), what can I put in my tank for the hermits to feed on?
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You could always add a little frozen fish food or seaweed. My crabs love both!
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My crabs go after the seaweed
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Nori would be good then I guess? Broken up and spinkled around the sand?
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They will eat pretty much anything!

It's a lot of fun to watch them falling over each other to get to the food.
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There's a lot of dead algae amongst the sand just lying there, and thankfully very little new growing back (Rowaphos did the trick - cheers Atari and others :P).

Just wondering if the dead stuff will affect the water quality?

I plan to get it out at some stage by sieving the top layer of the sand, bit by bit, but I'm a bit worried I'll create an ammonia spike. So, I'm probably going to do a small bit at a time, making sure only to disrupt the very top layer of the sand. Then measure for ammonia etc. over the next few days, then move onto the next bit until the whole tank is done.
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Try siphoning it out.

I got one of those plastic turkey basters from amazon.com.. it's pretty useful for stuff like that.
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A turkey baster from amazon?? :P
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Old 08-08-2004, 10:07 PM   #9
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Heh yeah.. this is the one I got >> Amazon
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What makes it better than a normal $1 baster?
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