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Old 10-26-2008, 03:58 AM   #1
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Clean up crew question

So, I've started up a tiny little 10 gallon mini reef, it is cycling currently and coming along nicely. I'm trying to plan ahead so I don't end up messing anything up along the way. =P

First and foremost, clean up crew will be coming along in a little over a week, but I have a question about the crabs. I plan on only getting little red legged or left-handed crabs, but I do plan on adding a Pistol Shrimp after I have the tank stabilized. I have 14.4 pounds of live rock and ~8.5 pounds of sand/crushed coral mix, giving me lots of crawling space and sand. (And I forgot to add, yes I did place all my live rock directly on the tank bottom and it's all very secure/sturdy)

I've been planning on adding 2 crabs as my clean up crew, but I am worried about possible overkill with the Pistol Shrimp. Should I only add one crab and let him do all the work until I add the shrimp, or am I over-worrying?

Secondly, looking at a shrimp goby to pair with my pistol. Anyone have any opinions on/experience with the following:
Diagonal Bar Prawn Goby
High Fin Red Banded Goby
Orange Spotted Goby

I'm pretty new so looking for something that's fairly hardy and might be a bit more forgiving if I make a minor blunder along the way. =P

I'm still a long way off from fish and shrimp, but like I said, I'd rather plan ahead. Thanks for any and all info!
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Old 10-26-2008, 03:29 PM   #2
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I love the High Fin. I origionally was going to get one but my LFS had one of these:
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It is paired up with my pistol.
One word of warning on the pistol. Make sure your rock is placed firmly on the tank's base because the pistol will borrow under EVERYthing.
I would looks at a few nassarius snails, ceriths and margiritas. The nassis are really cool.
Keep in mind crabs can become crabby as they get larger.
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I like the nassarius snails that Scott was talking about but the CC mix might be too much for them. If it was my tank I would add some of these in a small tank like yours.

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Thank you both very much.

I made sure my rocks are very sturdy. I'm also looking at adding some extra sand into the bed. The bed's just under 2" and about a 50/50 mix of sand and CC. Think I'm going to try and tip the balance in the favor of the sand.
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Just remember, the CC will end up on the top of the sand bed. I had the same mixture and decided to remove the CC...with fish in the tank.....You really may want to think about removing it now....
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I had been told to add some CC to the mix to allow the shrimp some bits to use for his burrowing. But I am thinking of removing most of it.
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I have all sand and my pistol loves it. I do have a little bit of CC left, but only the stuff I couldn't get out.
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Massively attacked the tank today. XD Removed almost all of the CC, there's still a bit, maybe a half a pound at most, and added in another 10 pounds of a very nice, fine sand. I have a feeling my feather dusters are mad at me for the disturbance, and I'm a bit annoyed at the return of the sand cloud, but hopefully both will be back to normal by tomorrow.

Very very nice, deep sand bed now, with 2 kinds/grains of sand and litle tiny bits of crushed coral spread about.

Now I just have to figure out how many crabs I should get so as to not cause unneeded fights when I get my pistol shrimp.
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Trust me the crabs will not bother the pistol in the least. Good idea on ditching the CC, I have about that much left in my tank.
Are you talking hermit crabs or other types of crabs?
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Good move on getting rid of the CC. Sand will be better and wont trap waste like CC will.
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