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Old 07-13-2004, 12:11 PM   #1
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Need advice for a cleaning crew

i have a 50g tank just about ready to go.....any advice as to size and type of cleaning critters I should put in the tank? Do I put these in just after it is cycled, before a fish or two. Or can i put one or two fish in together with the cleaners to start things up?
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Old 07-13-2004, 02:12 PM   #2
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I would get a dozen large snails and a dozen dwarf blue legged hermits and put them in right after the cycle is done. Then add the first fish after a week or so.
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would get a dozen large snails and a dozen dwarf blue legged hermits and put them in right after the cycle is done. Then add the first fish after a week or so
I agree....lots of online places sell packages, but form my experience they usually have too much in them

etropicals has a build your own package that price wise isnt too bad

you should think about getting some shells for the hermits too to try to keep the snail survival rate higher
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I am sure that it is all to do with how much they eat etc etc but how often does a hermit change its shell?
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i would dodge the hermits unless ya get micro ones !! check out this site great snails and cheap

http://www.reeftopia.com/Crabs_and_Snails218.html
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why dodge the hermits?...just wondering cause im buying my clean up crew thurs. (tank just got done cycling)
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I think my hermits are killing all my snails.
At least they are fun to watch.
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My hermits are fine with my snails!

PS. I love the hermits, they are cool to watch.
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when they get bigger they will kill your snails !! but again 100 for $30 guess even if ya buy new stock every year that not bad !! i have like 2 hermits in my tanks
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Might wanna consider a sand sifting star or two. Maybe a brittle star also. Mine does good work on the rocks and reaching under rocks for leftover food items.
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