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Old 01-05-2012, 10:20 AM   #1
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Algae Control(clean-up crew)

Anyone have any idea on how many snails, crabs, shrimp etc are needed to control algae in my 90hexagon tank. I realize that the number depends on the amount of algae, but what would be an average percentage or number per 10gallons? For example, in a 10 gallon tank, (assuming the pounds of rock are equal to the size of the tank) how many would be appropiate?
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Hi, if I remember correctly the number is 1.5 per gallon so, 90 x 1.5 = 135
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Old 01-05-2012, 10:58 AM   #3
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I would add some now and then if need be more later. is this a new tank? keep in mind they will need food too so you dont want to have too many.
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Hi, if I remember correctly the number is 1.5 per gallon so, 90 x 1.5 = 135
Thanks Fritz... I knew the number would be close to 100. One othet question, by adding this many in the tank, should I expext another Ammonia spike (nitrites as well)? If so, maybe adding 25-30% at a time until I reach my limit would suffice?
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You shouldnt see an ammonia spike if your tank is properly cycled and everything is good.

In my 125g 6 foot tank I have the following for clean up crew: 30 nassarius snails, 4 emerald crabs, 20 nerites and maybe 6 hermits.

It's easy to go overboard on CUC so just add what seems right to you. You can always add more.
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The tank has been set up since the early Summer and It took about 2months for it to cycle. As this current moment, i have 3 Peppermint Shrimp, and a few fiddler crabs (7or8) that I picked up off the beach. There is plenty of algae for them to feast on. Not that my algae is way out of control, but they could eat for 6 months straight and never have to worry about where their next meal will come from... Lol.
I do like the idea of adding slightly lower than the 1.5/gallon. I think about 50 should give me an idea of where I stand; giving them a few months to see if they are making any progress.
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Carey is right. You should never see an ammonia spike unless something large dies and is left in the water
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