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Old 06-29-2005, 10:29 AM   #11
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I didn't know it was safe to get a clean up crew while my tank just had live rock added?

If it is safe i'll pop down the road and get some hermits and snails.

Roughly how much would i need to spend on a cleanup crew not including the shrimp caus' arnt they expensive?

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Old 06-29-2005, 10:32 AM   #12
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What size tank do you have and how much LR?

On a related topic:
how old is the tank?

cleanup crew depends on the tank

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Old 06-29-2005, 11:41 AM   #13
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75 Gal and only $100 worth, i'm not sure how much or how much i paid per kilo yet because within a week or two i will be getting around another $300, i just didn't want to plan on adding more LR till i figured out if this was normal.

Tank has had water in it since April and had cycled once then this live rock tipped my ammonia up a bit. (Got some LR when i got my lights just so i had something to look at while i saved for the rest of the LR)
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Old 06-29-2005, 12:00 PM   #14
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ahhh ok 75 gallon.

I would get 20 snails and 20 hermits and go from there. just add more to the cleanup crew until things get clean. add a few and wait a few days, add a few more......

Your amonia is going to go up everytime you add live rock from all the die off. Maybe you could buy pre-cured live rock next time or cure it yourself in a bucket or something. you'll still have die off from precured rock but nothing monumental
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Old 06-29-2005, 12:20 PM   #15
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Plus a clean up crew will give you something to look at besides rocks and water

At my lfs, small hermits (blue legged, scarlet legged, etc.) and snails are $1.25 USD each. (Don't know what the difference is in Australian money) The hermits are amusing to me and do an excellent job of cleaning up, I plan on getting about 12 more.

I wanted to get 2 cleaner shrimp until I found out that they were $24. So I got 1. But in this SW hobby, really nothing is cheap.
I'm not addicted... I can quit when ever I want...Wait...I'll just LOOK at the fish.

55 gal cycling. Will be FOWLR.
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Old 06-29-2005, 11:51 PM   #16
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guys if you want a good deal on snails and crabs try reeftopia.com let me know if you think their prices are pretty good especially if you have someone local who can go halves... me and my friend did and for about $75 bucks each we got 36 nasarrius snails 150 small blue legs, 24 cerith, 36 astreas, 4 peppermint shrimp (which my stupid goby ate my two for lunch) and 4 emerald crabs.==150.00

local fish store comparison: 150 bluelegs-133.50, 24 ceriths-23.76, 36astreas-35.64, 4 pep shrimp-19.96, and 4 emeralds-27.96 grand total==240.82.

free shipping if you buy the reeftopia packages==priceless

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live, liverock, rock

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