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Old 01-26-2012, 10:22 PM   #11
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With the sterilization, again, I don't believe it will do any harm, but I don't personally see any benefit to it. If you're using RO/DI water, it should be relatively free of any bacteria to begin with. I think this one comes down to personal preference.
I'm sure the ion exchange resin will need to be replaced eventually, but I have never used one. See if you can find the instructions for it online?
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alright will do thanx for your time, I really appreciate it! this is a great forum
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oh one last quick question , it involves aquarium janitors how many should I have in my 10 gallon I read 1 snail every 2-3 gallons does this also apply for crabs or are they counted as they same?
right now I have
3 trochus snails
hermits include
1 zebra
1 scarlet
1 unknown (he's green with dark blue eye stalks) I don't buy things I don't know anything about but my buddy wanted something in my tank so he picked him out.
and 1 emerald crab that hitchhiked in on the live rock, pretty good deal considering there 15.00 a pop at my LFS

I know variety is the spice of life so possibly a couple diffrent snails?
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and since I finally got the idea that building bacteria seems to be good instead of killing everything , would water from my aquarium work better on the dry rock then just freshly mixed saltwater
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Your clean up crew sounds good to me. There are some on the forum here who don't use cuc's at all with no problem, but at least you haven't way overstocked like some sites recommend!
Using tankwater, or at least a small amount, might speed it up slightly, but I don't think it would be a huge difference. The bacteria you want will show up regardless, but remember, it clings to surfaces more than it floats in the water.
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