I was looking for some opinions on whether to replenish snails in my mini-reef.
It's a 29g that has been set up for about 8 yrs and has been doing well. The sand bed is from old school, where Sam (I forget his last name) from articles way back when had introduced the 4" DSB
with a plenum base structure. The bed is not fine sand as it is done now, but rather aragonite material from Caribsea that is much courser but smaller than CC
. At the start, clean up crews were employed, mix of everything from emerald crabs to hermits & different snails. Over the years, these critters have died off and were not replenished.
Currently there are only one or two hitch hiker crabs in the tank that came on some LR
from liverock.com, my question is: should I add any snails since I do not have much of a algae, diatom or detritus problem.
Do I leave well enough alone or do all reef tanks need a detritus or algae snail here and there.
I would want to stay away from hermits (don't trust them with my clams)and clean up crew packages are more than I need.
I have available from my LFS
Do you think I should add one or two nassarius (but I don't have fine sand), or bumble bee for detritus consumption?
Do you think I should also add a few margaritas for film algae consumption? (astreas can't right themselves up too well after falling, do margaritas fare better?)
Mexican turbos look too big and might knock over stuff (IMO
Or do you think that I do not need them since I haven't had any for 3 to 4 years and it doesn't seem to be a problem?
Your opinions are valued, thanks!