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Old 04-05-2011, 01:49 PM   #1
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Too much CUC?

I just upgraded to a 55g and after my killer snail ate most of my cuc it was time to refill the ranks.

I went to reefcleaners and ordered their 25g cleaner pack and 10 assorted hermits.

I now have:
24 dwarf cerith
8 nassaruis
9 florida ceriths
10 nerites
10 misc hermits

I now seem to have an over abundance of crew. LOL Is this normal? The 55g pack of cleaners had like twice as many critters so I went with the smaller crew.

Is this too much for a 55g? They are literally everywhere in my tank now.
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Old 04-05-2011, 01:54 PM   #2
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PART 2 of this question is the big nasty snails, I think they are nassarius, are all at the water line now, is this what they do? They are stuck on too hard for me to move them back down. lol
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Old 04-05-2011, 02:00 PM   #3
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Did you start the new 55 with new sand and rock. In other words does your cleanup crew have anything to clean up yet.Otherwise they will end up cleaning themselves up.
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Old 04-05-2011, 02:15 PM   #4
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I moved the rock over from the 29g. I have a slight hair algae issue so there should be plenty for everyone. lol
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Old 04-05-2011, 03:00 PM   #5
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Your nassarius snails will end up under your sand and only come out when they smell food. That snail pac is okay for your tank. The hermits might eat some of your hair algae, but I dought it.
So leave the snails alone and let them settle in your tank.
after thought: your hermits might eat your snails to get to their shells. So add extra shells slightly bigger then the ones they have now.
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Big and nasty doesn't sound like nassarius snails.
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Agree... nassarius may come up from the sand from time to time, but they have like no suction ability at all. You'd be able to pull them from the glass with no problem. Sounds like some other type of snail.
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Could it be the nerite snails? They are really hard to get off the glass. I have them going inot the skimmer overflow right now. Looks like I'll be babysitting them all night.
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I bought 'special' hermits to eat the hair algae, and they don't. They may eat new growths but the don't eat the long stuff and they didn't really make any impact in my tank.
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What type of shell? Like chubby pyramid (Well cone-shaped obviously, just from a side/2D perspective) or longer-pointed spiral?
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