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Old 05-31-2011, 06:22 PM   #11
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Sounds good so far. CUC is always a wonderful thing. IMO you can never have to much.
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actually, you can have too much. there has to be enough food to sustain whatever livestock you add to the tank. the truth is, you don't need any "cleanup crew", if there is such a thing.
IME, adding more eating, pooping creatures to a tank to "clean up" excess nutrients is a mistake.
add these things because you want diversity, and because you like to look at them, but don't kid yourself into thinking they are necessary.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:24 PM   #13
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thanks for the info guys. i do injoy looking at my snails, my better half and my money tracker (i.e my fiance) not so much. i mainly added them with the thought i needed them to help with unwanted algae and uneaten food. i mean having 4 out of 12 snails on the front glass at most times isnt the best thing to look at but i understand there cleaning the glass. the hermits i dont notice at all. but do i sure love watching my cleaner shrimp cleaning out the mouth of my coral beauty i cant believe she lets him do that but whatever. so i think when my 20 gallon fowlr is done cycling i think i will throw 6 of the snail in that tank to kinda keep them off the glass so much
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Be cautious with some fish and inverts. In a 20g I don't see large aggressive fish but even some smaller fish only type fish will eat inverts. Just research. I have a large FOWLR tank and I am lucky a few of my inverts have lived.
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Old 05-31-2011, 09:51 PM   #15
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the 20 gallon tank will just be a peaceful fowlr no inverts unless u consider a snail a invert(witch some do) witch i dont see having a problem in a 20 tank but i could be wrong
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Snails can be eaten. That's what I was getting to. But what kind of fish do you plan to have.
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i was thinking of another mated pair of clowns and a few nano gobys its for my game room so it wont be much
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:21 PM   #18
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Peaceful fish with personality. They wont bother snails.
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Old 06-01-2011, 01:48 AM   #19
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the more and more i think about i kinda wanna just put a pair of sea horses . does anybody have any experience with them?
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they require hand feeding and cooler water than a reef. >75 degrees. difficult to keep unless you purchase certain tank raised specimens. the wild ones seem to succumb to a host of diseases. not the best choice just starting out IMO.
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