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Old 09-17-2011, 06:59 PM   #1
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Im about 50 days into my 29 gal, and i figure i should get a clean up crew. I want to use mostly snails, suggestions?
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Old 09-17-2011, 07:05 PM   #2
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what makes you figure that? you don't need any inverts at all in your tank if you don't want them.
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Well, I have a lot of algae that's on my glass and sand, and i think that the concept of adding a fish (eg:lawnmower blenny) to solve a problem is wrong, because i have read that they do a great job, then starve from lack of algae. And i am not opposed to inverts, i am actually fascinated by them. are there any other inverts that would clean the glass?
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inverts will die from starvation as well. nothing cleans glass better than a razor blade and/or magfloat.
snails will not keep the glass crystal clear. if you like to look at them add a couple astreas and maybe a pair of nassarius for the sand bed, but remember that they need food and nassarius are not vegetarians. they will need some sort of meaty foods to hit the sand bed.
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Mag floats are the best thing to use to clean the glass. Snails don't even do a good job lol.
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Alright, i will look into getting a magnetic float. As for the snails, i may get a few Astreas.
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Hold up, are the Astreas the ones that flip over and can not right themselves? I do not want to add anything that needs constant babysitting.
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Yeah but mine have never fallen over.
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:49 PM   #9
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So I will probably get some Nassaius and Astreas when able.
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I prefer ceriths as they can right themselves and are less conspicuous but eh, they both eat algae. Nassarius are the only inverts in my tank that I feel contribute majorly though.
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