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Old 12-31-2003, 05:46 PM   #11
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Always start small and work the "crew" up as the waste producing bioload increases. The general guideline is 1 critter for every 1½-2 gallon of tank so for now I would start with a mixture of about 20. A variety of nassarius, cerith, turbo, trochus, margarita and/or nerite. You do not need all, just a mix of each should do as they will each contribute in a different way.

Be sure you do not add anything until the NH3 and NO2 stay at zero and do a good 20% water change to bring down the NO3 after the cycle is completed. Be sure to <<drip acclimate>> the snails.

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