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Old 02-10-2011, 12:07 PM   #1
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Which algae eating crab should i get?

I have a bit of an algae breakout on my live rock and yes I am reducing feeding now as well as light a little(I have a brain coral so its hard) but i wanted to pick up a small algae eating crab. The obvious choice is an emerald but they seem pretty ugly lol from what ive seen, ive also seen on liveaquaria that electric blue hermits eat algae, so much that if it runs out they need to be supplemented, so im assuming they only eat algae. Also ive heard staghorn hermits do as well, i know about their "uprighting" problem but im fine with that, even if it dies you get a free coral ;p. So what is everyones opion on the best, most peaceful, reef safe algae eater?
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Old 02-10-2011, 01:23 PM   #2
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id say hermits if you dont like the emerald, hermits dont eat algae, mostly detritus and the like.

staghorn hermits wouldnt be good because im faily sure the coral is a high light coral, so for a BC14 thats not good.

i would just go for more snails, i had a HA outbreak when i first started mine up, i added a few more (like 3-4 to add to my 3-4 making about 7-8 total lol) turbo snails and it was gone in about a week and a half, and theyre still going strong
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Old 02-10-2011, 01:30 PM   #3
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[QUOTE=iDreamInSaltwater;1216690]staghorn hermits would be good because im faily sure the coral is a high light coral, so for a BC14 thats not good.
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im confused by this, you say they are good but also not good lol. As for the turbos, i heard they are quite reckless
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sorry, i meant wouldnt, i fixed it

and turbos are called bulldozers, but thats mostly to rocks that arent very stable, or coral that isnt secured well, even so i've only had one problem with mine, they knocked over my mushroom frag plug because i had just put it in the tank and they were cleaning like they do to every new addition
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okay gotcha well either way i have a good amount of snails, maybe ill just get an emerald
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when i had one i didnt see him very often so i dont think youll really see him
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okay thats not a problem, as long as i dont see the algae either lol
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