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Old 03/08/2007, 02:16 PM
Shnabbles Shnabbles is offline
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All snail Clean up Crew?

Does anyone out there have an all snail clean up crew? Im planning the clean up crew for my 180 and i dont like how i have to leave empty shells around for hermits, so i was planning on several different kinds of snails and several emerald crabs...

Was wondering what peoples thoughts were on this.
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Old 03/08/2007, 02:17 PM
Travis L. Stevens Travis L. Stevens is offline
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There are a lot of people like that. Me included. I only have a handful of hermits in my 29g, but all my other tanks will be snail only.
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Old 03/08/2007, 02:19 PM
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100% snail cleanup crew
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Old 03/08/2007, 02:19 PM
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How many and of what kinds of snails do you recommend for a 180? Should i put some clean up crew in my fuge? its a 100 gallon rubbermaid tank with a 5 inch sand bed and some live rock... i have 180lbs of live rock in the display also..
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Old 03/08/2007, 02:28 PM
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I can't really reccomend since I have no sandbed in my tank, I do have a 75 gal. BB tank and I have it stocked with astreas about 1 every 2 gallons of display tank water. Also have 2 big mexican turbos.

Hopefully somebody can be more helpful than I am at the moment . I know Marc (melev) has a whole lot of them in his tank as well as other snails and such, hopefully he'll chime in with a recommendation.
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Old 03/08/2007, 02:42 PM
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Instead of a horde of snails, with a tank that large, you might want to consider Queen Conchs and Fighting Conchs. Both are pretty awesome large snails.
Cheaper in the long run too to use 1 or 2 of them in leiu of the 20-30 snails that might of other wise been needed. Otherwise 1-2 snails a gallon is a good place to start.

Shrimp make an excellent addition to the cleaning crew as well.
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Old 03/08/2007, 02:59 PM
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Not quite all snail, but definitely no hermits.

Clean-up crew for my 75:

3 turbo snails(slime algae)
1 Margerita snail(slime algae)
2 large and 6 small nassarius snails(detrivores for the sandbed)
3 astrea snails(slime algae)
1 large (9") long-spined sea urchin(red slime algae, hair algae and corraline)
one pistol shrimp (he keeps the sand under my cantral rock pile turned)
1 queen conch(any algae on the top of my snadbed)
An unknown number of acro crabs that hitchhiked in.

Instead of using a lot of one type of snail I chose to use specimens that interested me. More people like my long-spined urchin than my sps. The pistol shrimp is neat and I think the queen conch is one of the coolest things in my tank. I love the fact that occasionally you just see eyeballs sticking up out of the sand.

I am on the lookout for a nice seahare or abalone to help the snails out a bit. They aren't quite cleaning up all that the glass has to offer.
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Old 03/08/2007, 03:03 PM
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It seems alot of people only have a hand full of things cleaning their tank, but when you look at a "clean up cre kit" that you can buy from many online dealers there are like 20 of each kind of snail... do they put more then you actually need in the kits just to move some product?
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Old 03/08/2007, 03:22 PM
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It is called selling for a reason....

14 snails in my tank (100g), an algae blenny and a yellow tang eat all the algae.
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Old 03/08/2007, 03:39 PM
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Lawnmower and 20 astrea take care of my 55g.
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Old 03/08/2007, 03:46 PM
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In my 65 gal.:
30 Cerith snails
30 Nassarius snails
15 Astrea
1 Emerald Crab
1 Sallylightfoot crab
3 peppermint shrimp
1 fire shrimp
1 cleaner shrimp
5 hermits (not all snails, but close to it. Wish I didnt have any hermits...)
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Old 03/08/2007, 03:46 PM
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ive got a mix of hermits,shrimp, and snails.... they sell extra shells and i just threw them all behind the rocks so you dont see shells all over the place yet the crabs have new shells to grow into
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Old 03/08/2007, 03:59 PM
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I have all snails in my 30. No crabs allowed.
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Old 03/08/2007, 04:02 PM
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I have an all snail cleanup crew. I fellow reefer threw in 3 hermits that were too big for his tank. They do nothing.
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Old 03/08/2007, 04:15 PM
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Astreas and a couple mithrax
I like Trochus snails too


most crewmembers are for sand, so they are all out for me.

hermits = sketchy crew and they shouldn't even be sold in the hobby
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Old 03/08/2007, 04:30 PM
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I have a 65 and have a couple of hermits of about 7 different species. About 1 or 2 of each, just because I like them, not for cleaning purposes. Otherwise I have 12 Astreas for my 65, and my Kole tang. I also have a lot of odd and end snails (cowries, about 5 Trochus, aA Tongan Conch), for the same purpose I have the hermits. I love variety of species, because a lot of different kinds of algae get eaten. But I'm sure if you have a lot of delicate corals, hermit crabs wouldn't be a nice choice! They like to climb over things and knock down frags.
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Old 03/08/2007, 04:42 PM
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1 Turbo Snail, 1 Astrea Snail, 10 Ilyanassa Snails, 1 Emerald Crab, and about 5 white hermit crabs takes care of my 29g tank.
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Old 03/08/2007, 05:44 PM
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I love the hermits in my tank. Not sure how much they clean, but I love watching them.
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Old 03/08/2007, 08:18 PM
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snails only ,mostly turbos (all corals must be mounted or they will get bul dozed ) the problem with crabs is they will kill snails and take there shells over, then just kill .being doing it this way for along time
 

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