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Old 04-23-2007, 04:15 AM   #1
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cleanup crew suggestions

My tank is in the cycling stage and I expect to house corals of all types.
Considering I want to have a blood shrimp I'm looking for recommendations on the following:

- When can I add a cleanup crew?

- Which inverts should be included?

- How many of each?
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Add the clean up crew when your cycle is 100% completed, and not before. Inverts don't like ammonia.

I just ordered from etropicals.com and the Build-Your-Own (BYO) cleanup crew package. If you order over $60 they don't charge to ship. Check them out.

I like astrea snails, they love to eat on the rocks and the glass, and not to mention they'll munch at cyano, which is always a plus. I'd get atleast 40-50 for your 120.

Cerith snails are a nice addition, they like to dig a little in the sand and also the glass/rocks. Maybe like 20 of them.

Nassarius snails are sand burrowers, and will do a good job sifting your sandbed. I'd say atleast 10 if not more

I dislike hermits, and IMO snails can do just as good a job as they can.

Those are just some suggestions.
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Those sound good to me. Maybe a fighting conch, sand star or some other sand sifting star, pistol shrimps are awesome, just make sure your rock is firmly stacked and on the bottom glass of your tank.
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All the suggestions are good ones but since the tank is brand new I would at least wait several months on the sand sifting star or any sand sifter since they need a mature sand bed. New sand beds dont have the required fauna in them to feed these stars.
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Thanks for the reminder, Mike!
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I'd avoid a sand sifting star period if you have a LS bed and want to keep it that way. They will consume the benficial fauna. They are generally not recommended for reef tanks for this reason. Sand stirrers are a better choice- nassarius snalis, conchs, etc. A serpent star is a great addition to a clean up crew.
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I'll look at etropicals. Other then them, any other suggestions on where to purchase?
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I'd avoid a sand sifting star period if you have a LS bed and want to keep it that way.
Hmmm, that's interesting, what about having a DSB? Would that help, or is there really no point in getting one at all (sand star)? Just curious, as I have only seen one at my LFS and don't know too much about them.
Chase, I like liveaquaria.com and saltwaterfish.com, thatfishplace.com (they are in Pa, so shipping to this area is pretty quick and cheap.
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I've never had luck with the most mature sand bed and sand sifting stars. Sooner or later they just seem to literally melt away after a while.

Had one guy I knew that had'm breed. Baby stars all over the place. That was the ONLY exception I ever heard of.
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Cool, thanks for the personal experience.
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