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brad15 01-22-2013 09:49 AM

After cycle ?
Good morning. Once my new 65 gallon finishes its cycle, I've read that you should then introduce your clean up crew. If no algae or Diatoms are present, what are they going to clean up or eat? With just snails and hermit crabs, is that enough of a bio-load? I'm using the shrimp method and they are slowly decomposing, so figured on just leaving them to supply a food source for bacteria.

mr_X 01-22-2013 09:53 AM

You don't need a cleanup crew, and whatever you add must have some food, so, if you don't have a lot of stuff for them to eat, you will have to add food for them. They will starve to death otherwise.

brad15 01-22-2013 10:25 AM

So do you suggest a fish first? Then as Diatoms are present, a cleanup crew?

mr_X 01-22-2013 11:35 AM

Whichever you like. Diatoms will leave as fast as they came as soon as their food source is gone.

begginersluck 01-22-2013 02:12 PM

I'd start with a couple of nice small fish. One of the most popular to start with is a clown.

brad15 01-22-2013 02:24 PM

Ok sounds good. Thanks

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