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Bettababe1011 01-08-2012 03:36 PM

So, I need a clean up crew for my 55 gallon. I don't know what to get though, so here are a few things I've looked at:
Build-your-own from liveaquaria:
Scarlet reef hermits
Nassarius snails
Cerith snails

How many of each for this option? Any others I should add?

Or, the 55 gallon pack with hermits from reefcleaners, or the 50 gallon one, since they pack them so much. So, which would be best?

Bettababe1011 01-08-2012 10:02 PM

What about this?

5 scarlet reef hermits
15 nassarius snails
15 Cerith snails
1 fighting conch

Are the numbers good? Too high? Too low? Will that cover all that is needed of a clean up crew?

don_chuwish 01-09-2012 10:44 AM

I'm following along to see what answers you get, but I think some additional info would be needed for people to respond. Like how your tank is stocked, feeding regimen, filtration setup, etc. Some CUC could go hungry if there isn't enough for them to cleanup!

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Mpfaff77 01-09-2012 10:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Bettababe1011
What about this?

5 scarlet reef hermits
15 nassarius snails
15 Cerith snails
1 fighting conch

Are the numbers good? Too high? Too low? Will that cover all that is needed of a clean up crew?

If you just finished cycling I would do less sand snails. Cerith and nassarius both live in sand and you may not have enough food in tank to sustain 30. Maybe start with 5 each for now. Can always add later. Blue tip hermits are good too. They stay small.

Bettababe1011 01-09-2012 04:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Mpfaff77

If you just finished cycling I would do less sand snails. Cerith and nassarius both live in sand and you may not have enough food in tank to sustain 30. Maybe start with 5 each for now. Can always add later. Blue tip hermits are good too. They stay small.

Could the blue tip go with the scarlets? I'm getting those cause I like them. I am still planning this tank, but its going to be a 55 gallon reef. I'm going to have a protien skimmer, not sure what brand. I would have to look at my lfs to be sure. Two koralia 750s. Live rock and sand, too.
My stock will be this:
2 clowns
1 royal gramma
2 purple firefish
1 orange lined cardinalfish
1 yellow lined wrasse
6 sexy shrimp
1 skunk cleaner shrimp
3 peppermint shrimp
And several various corals

Mpfaff77 01-09-2012 04:08 PM

Blue tips and Scarlets are fine together. I recommend highly reef octopus skimmers

Bettababe1011 01-09-2012 04:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Mpfaff77
Blue tips and Scarlets are fine together. I recommend highly reef octopus skimmers

I've looked at them, but they're too expensive. I'm on a pretty tight budget, since my only income is the allowance I get from my parents.

Mpfaff77 01-09-2012 05:01 PM

Oh ok. Well just to start off a seaclone is prolly cheapest. Not great skimmer but ok for just starting new tank. I used one for first 3 years of reefing.

Bettababe1011 01-09-2012 05:05 PM

My lfs only has one type of skimmer. I'm not sure what brand. I also might put a wanted ad on craigslist and see if anyone has supplies they'd be willing to get rid of.

Mpfaff77 01-09-2012 05:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Bettababe1011
My lfs only has one type of skimmer. I'm not sure what brand. I also might put a wanted ad on craigslist and see if anyone has supplies they'd be willing to get rid of.

Honestly online ordering is going to be way cheaper then LFS.


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