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Old 03-23-2011, 10:50 AM   #1
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I have a new 30 gallon bow front with 60 pounds of live sand and 25 pounds of live rock. I'm wondering what would be an appropriate balance if snails, hermits and fish? I don't want to over populate...
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have you cycled your tank yet and how? Populating the tank with fish depends on species and relative size, swimming habits, etc. Your snails and hermits are referred to as a clean up crew (CUC). That population depends on the tank's age as a CUC needs growth on the rocks in addition to food leftovers that fish can't get to to survive. New tank = small CUC. In your case, maybe 2 snails and a handfull of hermits or less to start with.
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Thanks for the warm welcome! The tank has cycled, Ammonia is at 0, Nitrite at 0, Nitrate at about 10 and ph is 8.2. The rock is Fiji and 4 of the 6 pieces have pretty good growth. I'm using LED lighting array with daylight/lunar settings.
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Establishing up a Clean-up Crew in Your Saltwater Aquarium - Rate My Fish Tank

heres a good link on how to establish your clean up crew. don't stat with a full crew right away, start small and then once you start to see a little bit of a mess add more.

like austinsdad say with fish it depends on the different breads of fish. www.liveaquaria.com give you suggested tank sizes for each fish they sell
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