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Old 03-14-2005, 05:38 AM   #1
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recomended inverts?

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just wanted to ask what thoughts people have on using inerts for algae control in a tank with multiple tangs....

and what inverts are recomended for algae control?
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Old 03-14-2005, 06:58 AM   #2
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snails, snails, snails
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yup, snails are great. I have a couple of emerald crabs that keep things trimed up as well.
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Hermits are great also... Diversity is a good thing for any tank..
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I would get a wide veriaty of snails, hermits and maybe even some blennys. There are packages of Clean Up Crews that can be purchased for just this issue.

http://www.saltwaterfish.com/site_11...ot_parent_id=4
Here is a package for a 20-55 Gallon tank.
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Old 03-14-2005, 02:28 PM   #6
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I have good luck with Astrea snails, and dwarf hermit crabs for algae control. I also just added an Emerald Crab, but he's found a home in some LR.
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Sally light foot crabs are voracious algae eaters.

If you want a run down on which snails to get, check this out...

http://www.reef-aquarium.net/resourc...ls/snails.html
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thanks everyone,

i think the biggest problem im going to have is getting some of these little guys for my tank. as far as im aware there i no internet sites from which i can purchase livestock in australia, and i cant get stuffed shipped into the country so i think ill have to spend a bit of time searching, thanks again
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An interesting challenge for you, but diversity is the key, there really isn't any one cleaner that will do it all. The more the merrier.
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