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Old 07-09-2003, 02:10 PM   #1
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Choosing not to have snails & hermits??

Yes they are part of the clean up crew but I am thinking of skipping them on this next tank because of the fact that their lifespan is so short & I don't have a LFS to keep replacing them. Also since hermits can be detrimental to featherdusters. Wouldn't it be just fine if I skipped them & used other cleaning inverts like sea stars?
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The thing about snails is that they are able to eliminate algae better than most any other inverts. I do believe you could keep a sucussful tank without hermits. Also, check out getting a sea urchin, roval urchin take care of algae, live long, nad that sp. doesnt have long spines.
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Old 07-09-2003, 02:24 PM   #3
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Yes I was also thinking about an urchin too.Thanks.
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Old 07-09-2003, 08:53 PM   #4
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I have many snails that are well over a year old. Plus, some even reproduce and I rarely have to replace them. I also agree that hermits are not that necessary for tank cleaning.
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Old 07-09-2003, 09:12 PM   #5
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I may just do snails then but not both snails & hermits.
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If you are wanting to keep corals of any kind, the urchins are out.
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Old 07-09-2003, 11:19 PM   #7
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Actually, mine is with xenia, leather, and colt, and hasnt bothered any of them. I believe that it depends on the type of urchin.
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Old 07-10-2003, 12:55 AM   #8
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i keep both hermits and snails, but i only have about 10 snails in my 125. they don't really seem to do that much in my tanks and die off too quickly. i keep lots of hermits because they're fun to watch and seem to live longer (i have one that's 4 years old -- i marked his shell so i could keep up with him out of curiosity).
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I have a blue tuxedo urchin that will sometimes knock smaller frags over but other than that is reef safe.

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Old 07-10-2003, 10:07 AM   #10
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no I'm not having corals & I love that blue tuxedo urchin.
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