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Old 11/29/2006, 02:18 AM
a1rabbit a1rabbit is offline
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Clean up crew, Another person asking for cuc help.

I've read and read and read this forum and others. I've look on Live Aquaria and the like, read info off google searches and everythign else I could find.

I know this question gets asked a lot and I've read most of the threads about the clean up crews, while some had good info, none were identical. I guess that's the great thing about clean up crews... You pick the critters you need for the algae you want to fight or the tasks you need done! Picking the right clean up crew is like hiring employees. Read their resume, see what they have to offer and if they seem like the right subject for the task, give them a shot… you can always fire them later.

Right now, I don't know what my tank needs, so I want to get a basic "cuc starter kit" for my 10g.

Our test levels all reached the right range a few days ago. We waited a little bit and then got our first couple resisdents. So far we have.

3x Tiny Blue Leg Hermits
1x Orange Leg hermit
2x Banded Trochus Snails
2x Margarita Snails

The Orange Leg was suppose to be a Scarlet, the Tiny blue legs were decided on when they had no regular blue legs. I don't know what "Tiny Blue Legs" are... I've not seen them anywhere else, google searches brings up dwarf blue legs, maybe it's a dwarf? From what I gather from here is that dwarf blue legs are in fact blue legs, so my "tiny" might just be what I wanted in the first place... haha. In any case, here is a picture of my "Tiny Blue Leg" which looks a lot like the one pictured in the above link. Here is a picture of my Orange Leg. 30hrs later and all these guys are still alive and doin their thing.

I'm think later this week I might add;

1x Scarlet Hermit
3x Cerith Snails
3x Nassarius Snails (I was told even more would be better, around 8 or so)

Now, I read that the Cerith likes a deep sand bed, is this true? I know lots of you have them and have shallow beds. I've also been considering tossing a Turbo in the mix. I like the Cerith and Nass because it says the clean up the detritus and fish waste that gathers on the sand bed and rock work.

The list totals 15 members of a CuC for a 10g tank and the AC110/500 filter/fuge added volume. There is 12 pounds of sand in the tank and a little in the fuge, I might remove a little from the tank. There is also 13 pounds of Indonesian live rock total.

Please inform me if you think I've missed anything important or if there are too many (or few) members there. I've read you can add up to 2 CuC members per gallon on average. So I think I'm safe, but I don't know.

Thank you.
Old 11/29/2006, 02:52 AM
drummereef drummereef is offline
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I personally like nassarius and cerith snails for the sandbed. Fighting conchs are really good, but probalby not for a 10 gallon. I have some Astreas and trochus that do a good job on the glass. I prefer not to mix hermits and snails together as the hermits tend to knock off the snails for a home. Purchace at your own risk.
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