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Old 01-15-2009, 02:56 PM   #1
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Hello! I am looking at putting some algae eaters in my 72G aquarium once I cycle with LR. I am going to put in 15 Scarlet Hermits, 10 Turbo Snails, 60 Margarita Snails, and 35 Red Leg Hermits. They all come in a pack for a discounted price. I was wondering are there any special shells that I need for the Hermits or can I buy any old hermit crab shells? Any advice would be appreciated.
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Holy cow! that's a lot of snails....maybe somebody else knows better, but I don't think your tank will have enough algae and detritus to support 70 snails, and 50 crabs.
you can go to Michaels craft store, and get a bag of shells that hermits like for like 1.99. just boil them before you add them to your tank
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I agree with nano. You should start off small since there won't be much for them to eat. Personally, I'm not a fan of hermits. I have only 3 in my 55. I would look at nassarius snails, cerith and margaritas.
Those "cleaner packs" aren't really designed for new tanks.
I agree with the craft store for the hermit shells as well.
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Old 01-15-2009, 03:14 PM   #4
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Ok thanks! I have to agree with you roka64, I'm not a big fan of hermits either. You think I can get by with just the snails.
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Sure! I would wait for a few other opinions before you make a final decision.
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I do like hermits...just not that many...they do serve a useful purpose. I really like astrea snails too.
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Agree with other opinions... with those prepackaged deals, your snails will go hungry pretty quick in a new tank. And they always give you waaaaay more crabs than I personally prefer. I'd go with maybe 6 hermits, a couple turbos, and maybe 10 each of astrea and trochus. Top that off with maybe 30 nassarius (the little ones) and that should get you going. You can always add more later.
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Thanks for all of the advice! I really would be lost without all of the great help on this site!
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Old 01-15-2009, 04:55 PM   #10
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after Cycling my new tank with LR, I went out and purchased 2 Clowns and 10 margarita snails from Petco (I know I know...I had a giftcard).

Anyway. Clowns are doing great but I've lost a few snails. I find them on their back in the substrate and if I turn them over, they seem to move along only to be on their backs a little while later.

ANYWAY - Last night I took a ride the a "real" LFS and talked to the reefkeeper. He said I should wait until I start seeing the "Need" for snails before adding them. The fact that they are on their back is most likely the process of them dieing from Starvation. My Tank has NO Visible Algae yet.
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