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Old 01-15-2012, 06:43 PM   #1
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Snail and crab questions

Does the cycling process have to be completely finished before adding any snails or hermits?

Are there any snails or
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crabs that I should stay away from?

How many can I add at one time?
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:32 PM   #3
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Yes I'd say finish your cycle off you don't wanna be buying animals that are gonna get poisoned and die. I'd wait a week after you cycle finishes to see how it goes. I'd say only add a few at a time my tank has been running for 3 months now and iv only added 5 hermits 3 turbos and one clown goby.
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You need to wait till the cycle is completely done and then do a 33% PWC to lower nitrates. Inverts like crabs are very suseptible to ammonia, nitrites and nitrates IME.
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Old 01-15-2012, 09:36 PM   #5
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Add them slowly so you aren't letting them starve. If you get hermits get some extra shells and hopefully it will keep them from killing your snails.
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Alright thanks!
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:53 PM   #7
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Any snails or crabs to stay away from??
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These snails actually hunt other snails if they don't get enough food Saltwater Aquarium Invertebrates for Marine Aquariums: Bumble Bee Snail these are ok if you don't mind keeping them in a tank with a lid on Saltwater Aquarium Invertebrates for Marine Aquariums: Nerite Snail these get to big Saltwater Aquarium Snails for Marine Aquariums: Fighting Conch there is actually more to stay away from than you want in your tank I think. For snails go with a few of these Saltwater Invertebrates for Marine Aquariums: Banded Trochus Snail for algae and these for cleaning up dead stuff and left over food Saltwater Aquarium Snails for Marine Reef Aquariums: Nassarius Snail
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Wow thanks!!! That helps a LOT! I've heard that red leg and blue leg hermits dont mix too well? Is this true?
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I have some of both in my 55 that tank is the dumping ground for crabs that my friend doesn't want any more because of size. I prefer the blue legged ones because they do stay smaller and less likely to kill my bigger snails. I have one that is a Hawaiian hermit that is really pretty big he is about 2 years old now it can be a bull dozer in my tank. Every time I see one of these guys Saltwater Aquarium Crabs for Marine Aquariums: Halloween Hermit Crab I have to convince myself I don't need another crab. It may not last much longer I plan on going to a swap in April and I know someone will have some there lol
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