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Old 01-27-2012, 11:43 PM   #1
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Almost done cycling what next?

I am almost done with the cycling stage in my aquarium. I have a 55 gallon tank with about 80lbs of live rock. I was wondering what the next step should be? I am trying to build a reef tank. My LPS is saying I should start adding fish, but I was thinking of like a reef cleaner package( shrimp, snails crabs). You guys are the experts. Ay advice on what my next step should be? Fish, corals, shrimp?
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Old 01-28-2012, 12:23 AM   #2
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Clean up crew, then fish.
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Old 01-28-2012, 12:25 AM   #3
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That's what I was thinking to. Thanks Scott
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Old 01-28-2012, 12:31 AM   #4
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Heyyy no problem!
What are you thinking about getting for your clean up crew and stock list?
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I would get your clean up crew in there just supplement there diet for know till your tanks established
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For the clean up crew, there is a website that offers a package. 30 scarlet reef hermits, 30 dwarf blue leg hermits, 30 Astraea turbo snails and 20 nassarius snails. As for a stocking list, I don't have one yet. Have been kinda taking step by step. Any advice?
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I'm in the same position as you. How many clean up crew members should I hire?
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:06 PM   #8
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For the clean up crew, there is a website that offers a package. 30 scarlet reef hermits, 30 dwarf blue leg hermits, 30 Astraea turbo snails and 20 nassarius snails. As for a stocking list, I don't have one yet. Have been kinda taking step by step. Any advice?
That is a huge cuc for a 55 gallon tank. You could probably do 1/4 and then add to it if need be. Most cuc die because they starve to death. I have about 5 blue legged crabs, 3 astraea snails, 1 turbo, and 4 to 6 nassarius in my 55 gallon and they are all doing fine with very little algae.
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Thanks joy for that info so what would you reccomend for a 55g?
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I have 2 peppermint shrimp in my 55 gallon my LFS guy told me I wouldn't want more than that in my tank and said wouldn't suggest getting any other cuc..
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