Originally Posted by shjuho
How many shrimp or snail cleaner fish would you suggest?
One or two cleaner shrimp would be fine for a 55 gal
tank. They may also mate and produce some free foods for the fish and coral. Do not purchase a cleaner fish. They will most likley not survive. Please do not mistake these animals as an alternative to proper quarantine
practices. They will not cure problems.
Do they require any different care/feeding than Fish? Don't they multiply quickly?
Will they keep algae down?
They do not require much in the way of care other than what you do for the fish. The main concern with mobile and sessile inverts is water quality. Fish can withstand less than optimum water conditions to a point but the inverts will not.
Algae will best be controlled by using a pure water source like RO
and employing the use of snails. The shrimp will not eat the algeas but will clean up the foods that may help the algaes grow.. In the beginning, about 1 snail for every 2-3 gallons of tank would be good. As the waste producing bioload grows, more can be added. A good selection would be a mix of cerith, nassarius, nerite, margarita, turbo and trochus.