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Old 02-22-2006, 01:22 AM   #1
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hermits/snails dying

my hermit crabs, little snails, and larger snails(dont know what their called, their shell looks like a typical garden snail except they have a little mouth that looks kind of like a butt and their body is orange w/ a black stripe) have just been dying gradually over the past couple weeks for no apparent reason. my fish are perfectly fine as are the levels of my water: amm: .25 (just rose i think because of the snail deaths etc.) ph 8.4 nitrite: 0 nitrate: 5 do you guys know what the problem might be? thanks!
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Make sure you do some PWC's to get your ammonia back to 0.

Do you have any hitchhiker crabs in your tank? Did you recently get the snails/hermits? If so, how did you acclimate them?
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no hitchhiker crabs. i got the snails 3 weeks ago and they died last week, i got the small snails and 3 of the hermits then as well. then i got more last week (hermit crabs) and those are dying. i just floated the bag in the aquarium water. the guy at the fish store told me that crabs and such are hardy so they dont need any special acclimation process. could that be why their dying? also, the algae is building up like crazy right now (fuzzy brown algae and the purple coraline is starting to spread as well.) would getting a cleaner shrimp help keep that down as well? thanks
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Did you ever go back and read this post? Acclimation is the issue.
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ever use any copper in the tank? Or is there anything in the tank that might have copper in it, LR fram a tank that had copper used in it? Just some ideas.. Could be acclimation but if they lasted 3 weeks that probably is not it.
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ok so i need to buy new ones and just acclimate them properly. it seems so time consuming but i guess thats just part of having an aquarium. so theres no other way to acclimate them that is quicker? also, the hair algae in my tank has grown to more than an inch in some spots. dont know if thats bad or not.
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"it seems so time consuming" do not get a larger tank if you think acclimating some fish or snails is time consuming. Cutting corners will only end in dead fish and inverts. So if you don't have then time then don't get the inverts or fish.
HA is a problem and can take over a tank.
Can you answer the questions from above.. and what type of water are you using.
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no copper in the tank to my knowledge; havent used any medications or anything. i've been just using tap water, and using kordon amquel plus to condition the water and insant ocean salt.
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You can usually get away with using tap for FW tanks but with SW it’s best to use ro/di water so you don’t introduce po4 to your tank and get algae blooms.

These articles go into depth on taking the steps needed to remove it.
Nuisance Algae in the Reef Aquarium - Part 1
Nuisance Algae in the Reef Aquarium - Part II
Nuisance Algae in the Reef Aquarium - Part III
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thanks for the articles! i've been looking at getting a nano skimmer (nano fission skimmer) and i bought one online tonight. i have a 12g aquapod and its supposed to fit in there. i'll also just start doing waterchanges with R/O water instead so hopefully that'll clear things up as well. thanks for all your help.

oh one other thing, should i be getting a cleaner shrimp or any shrimp? i havent gotten one yet because i was waiting for my tank to be established for a little while longer but i feel its probably long enough, would he help eat some of the algae i have growing? thanks!
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