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Old 05-07-2012, 09:06 PM   #11
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I would not waste my calcium and alkalinity test kits until I was ready for corals. Just focus on ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, ph, and salinity for now.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:19 PM   #12
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No I don't have any hermits , I was looking into getting one of those clean up crews online . Should I wait on getting those ? Thanks , guess imma save those test for later then .
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You don't need any hermits.
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Mr X - I have been a fan. Lol. You often say no hermits. I understand why, because my hermits continue to harass and at times eat my snails. But what do you recommend as a CUC?
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Old 05-08-2012, 01:12 PM   #15
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A clean up is NOT a necessity really. If you do your water changes, dont' overstock and ont overfeed you really dont need critters to "clean" up anything. If you like hermits and snails then thats great too, add a few that you like.

I dont have much cuc really, but I happen to like the narsarius snails that bury themselves in the sand and come out for feeding time. lol I have like 100 or so between my tanks just because I like them. Also keep in mind if there isnt much for them to clean up then you have to feed them as well as the fish. lol
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On that topic , my turbo snails are leaving behind a mess and it's just sitting on top of the sand and starting to accumulate. Is this normal ,how do I get rid of it ? Also is the brown on top of the sand going to go away when the tank is done with the cycle or am i doing something wrong ?
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yes the brown is diatoms and they will go a way after a couple of months, don't sweat them they happen in every tank.
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Old 05-11-2012, 02:50 PM   #19
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How will having bio rock affect the seeding of my DSB? Do I need to get more "live rock" ?
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Mr X - I have been a fan. Lol. You often say no hermits. I understand why, because my hermits continue to harass and at times eat my snails. But what do you recommend as a CUC?
I agree with Carey. I don't use more eating, pooping, critters to "clean" my tank. The things in the tank that need food, the less food you have to put in and the better the water quality will be.

Increase the flow at the sand bed to keep waste from settling.
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