Originally Posted by DIZZLE808
as far as the CUC goes I could use some pointers. off the top of my head this is what I was thinking:
Banded coral shrimp, 2 of them if its possible
and a few hermits
once my tank is fully established then I was thinking of adding a starfish but thats further down the road.
now should I have more for the clean up crew or would this suffice and at what point can I start adding them?
thanks in advance for any help/ideas
As far as the heater goes, with you being in Hawaii (lucky dog!!), you might not even need a heater. If the temp is 74-79*F without it, then you're ok. Just check early AM and late at night too to make sure it's not dropping down below that at night.
I don't know anything about coral banded other than they can get a little aggressive when they get bigger, not sure how 2 would work in a 30g. So ill leave that up to those with experience with them.
Emeralds are good. I have a ruby crab. I suggest Nassarius snails to keep your sandbed gently stirred, I have a bout 10 or so in a 30g. I like astrea snails and banded trochus snails to keep the glass and rocks clean, have about 15 or so total in my 30. And I like scarlet reef hermits cuz they're less likely to kill snails than the red legged or blue legged, so I have 8-10 of those In the 30. Add all of these over time, though, to give your tank enough time to build up some algae for them to eat. Good luck and welcome to the world of SW