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Old 01/06/2008, 04:36 PM
ed102475 ed102475 is offline
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help with clean up crew for my 28 gal. reef ?

Hello and as the topic says i need help with my clean up crew.
I am starting over after about a year away.
It has be set up only about 5 weeks.


28 gal. with 5 gal. sump

T-5 lighting

100wt heater

20 lbs. live rock (getting more)

40 lbs. live sand


1 Royal gramma

6 Margarita Snails

1 Mexican turbo snail

12 hermit crabs

Should i get a brittle star my LFS told me they are not safe,
or any others that may help my tank?

Old 01/06/2008, 06:41 PM
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Old 01/06/2008, 06:56 PM
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Get rid of the margarita snails. Most of the ones (though not all) seem to be from colder waters and will die in a few months in a tropical system. If they have coprraline on their shell they may be tropical though.

I don't like hermit crabs, & the only ones I'd put in my tank would be scarlet reef hermits. They eat tons of algae and aren't too prone to killing snails.

I would suggest nass snails, nerites, astreas, & ceriths. The ceriths and nass will clean/stir the sand bed, the nerites will stick mostly to the glass and the astreas will clean rocks/glass. For a 20 I'd go with 10-15 nass, 6 ceriths, 4 nerites, & 6 astreas, though you will have to change that to incorporate your current snails, planned stocking levels, algae levels, feeding levels etc.

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Old 01/06/2008, 08:39 PM
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Mexican turbos and an unchin seems to be all I need in My 120!
But astreas and ceriths are nice too, Hermits are to hostile to keep with snails so I dont suggest them.

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