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Old 08-02-2013, 10:16 PM   #111
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So, I've got a cleaner crew in. I just can't believe how much work these critters do!

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2 Mexican Turbo Snails
1 Nasarius snail
3 small blue leg crabs
5 other snails. Can't remember what they are called. Here's a pic of one on a piece of live rock.
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Old 08-02-2013, 10:37 PM   #112
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astraa snails. good cleaners
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Old 08-03-2013, 11:59 AM   #113
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So do Nasarius snails just not move much? I thought it died, so I moved it to another location to see if it would respond. Just as I was about to give up on it, it started moving and attaching itself to its new location.
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Old 08-03-2013, 02:24 PM   #114
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Nasarius snails dont eat algae or move about until you feed the tank, then they come out from under the sand and go to town. Then back into the sand.
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Old 08-05-2013, 02:50 PM   #115
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Well, my cleaner crew is in place and all my numbers continue to stay in check based on the API kit. I put some small red leg hermit crabs in (the little guys, not the Halloweens/orange) and an electric blue legged crab. I can't believe how long I can sit and watch those guys work! They are fascinating to me. My son will love them.

As long as everything stays in check, I will be adding 2 false percs this weekend. Then, after a bit more time, I would like to add a cleaner shrimp. I think I have room in the long run for more, but I'm going to leave it at that for now and let my son grow it from there as he grows up.

Can you believe I've managed to keep this project a secret this long? He has no idea his new room (right next door to his current room) has a 25 gallon tank up and running! Can't wait
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That will be an amazing surprise for him!!
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Clown Fish

I have a 56 gallon tank and In my opinion live rock for your clown fish would thrive better with live rock, a couple power heads a heater, some lighting and either a protein skimmer and a heater. A lot of times the clown fish will eat some algae off of the live rock. When going from a fresh water tank to a saltwater tank it is best to do your homework as you also have many testing kits you need to use to make sure your saltwater is within the limits of what a saltwater tank consist off. It is not as easy as you think.

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Old 08-06-2013, 01:47 AM   #118
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I have a 56 gallon tank and In my opinion live rock for your clown fish would thrive better with live rock, a couple power heads a heater, some lighting and either a protein skimmer and a heater. A lot of times the clown fish will eat some algae off of the live rock. When going from a fresh water tank to a saltwater tank it is best to do your homework as you also have many testing kits you need to use to make sure your saltwater is within the limits of what a saltwater tank consist off. It is not as easy as you think.

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I didn't quite follow all of that, but I can tell you for sure that I have done a great deal of research on this, and continue to do so. My son's tank is 25 gallons with a 10 gallon sump w/refugium and a total of 27 pounds of live Figi Rock and a powerhead as well as a heater set at about 75 degrees. I've set up the rock to ensure a lot of caves, nooks and crannies so they will have good hiding places. While I would like to get an anemone at some point for them to host, I will more than likely get some soft corals that they might host instead. That is a down the road thing, though.

Right now, while its just a FOWLR, I am using the API SW test kit. Prior to adding any corals, I plan to get the Red Sea test kits, though any recommendations for better products are welcome.

I'm sure there are complexities I've yet to uncover, but I've made every effort to ensure success. I do appreciate the ongoing support and constructive advice I continue to receive here, though.
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I removed the Nasarius snail. It looked a bit awful. It is no longer with us.

Everything else seems okay and I plan to add a fish this weekend. Are there any numbers I should check other than pH, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate before adding fish? All those numbers are good right now.
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I removed the Nasarius snail. It looked a bit awful. It is no longer with us.

Everything else seems okay and I plan to add a fish this weekend. Are there any numbers I should check other than pH, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate before adding fish? All those numbers are good right now.
Ammonia: zero
pH about 8.2-8.4
NitrIte: zero
NitrAte: <20ppm (less than 10ppm is ideal, mine is amazingly zero!)

Just add fish slowly waiting for parameters that should return to zero to do so before adding more. Unless, you did a fishless cycle which if I remember correctly, you didn't. Good luck!
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