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Old 12-20-2010, 10:40 AM   #1
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Hey guys, what do you recommend as a good cleaning crew for a 55g. I plan on holding corals, and fish. My one thing that i am picky about is a clean sand bed. if anyone knows of any secrets to keeping it super clean or a good cleaning crew for that please let me know. If not just let me know what you recommend for a cleaning crew. Thank You
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Old 12-20-2010, 10:54 AM   #2
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Both LPS and SPS corals? How far along are you with your 55 gallon?
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Old 12-20-2010, 11:19 AM   #3
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Let us know how long your tank has been cycled and how much rock is in there.

You're gonna have to vacuum the sand bed to keep it cleanest. No critter will do it all alone. Nassarius snails do a good job of living under the sand bed and helping with the cleanup, but again, not citter will keep you sand bed clean for you. Good powerhead placement will also help keeping leftover food and fish waste off of it too.
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My tank has been cycling for about a week now, the LFS told me i should have a pretty quick cycle because they gave me bioballs with bacteria already on them, and i put cycled rock into my tank, right now my tank is about half full with live rock. I really do not know how many lbs are inside. I tested my waters last night and everything was at 0. I have heard the same about the positioning of the powerheads. Other than that what do you guys recommend? Snails, Hermits? What else and how many? Sorry for the dumb question i just want to do it right
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Old 12-20-2010, 11:57 AM   #5
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How did you cycle? Was last nite the first water test? I'm curious what the ammonia was reading after a day or two into the cycle.
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I am not at home right now, i have it written down at home. I am not planning on adding anything to the tank for another week or so because i will be going on vacation but i am preparing myself. I am trying to figure out what will be the best CUC. So far i dont know what to get lol
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Old 12-20-2010, 12:01 PM   #7
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A handfull of hermits and 2 or 3 snails. Ultimately, a cleaner shrimp or two and a brittle starfish (not the huge green ones) would be my preference.
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Will 7 or 8 hermits be ok? Not sure if there is such thing as having TOO MANY hermits?

Thank you btw austinsdad
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is that u first water tested.??? im not so sure if u had cycled your tank.....since u are going to have vacation, why dont u cycle the water at that time...???
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the sand bed is going to look dirty for the first 4 months or so, no matter what inverts you end up buying. it's just part of starting a new tank.
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