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Old 01/12/2008, 10:26 AM   #1
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what do you do with the cleaning crew once the job is done??

snails and hermits have done a good job cleaning and now what? does one feed them and keep them with the reef? are they compatable with corals?


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Old 01/12/2008, 10:42 AM   #2
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If you don't have any fish in there, put in a little flake or pellet (or whatever food you have) a couple of times a week.

If you have fish, the cleaning crew will be getting the leftovers.

Snails are fine with corals, and a few hermits are OK, but if you have a lot, they can bother the corals.


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Old 01/12/2008, 10:43 AM   #3
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i though about placing them in my sump?


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Old 01/12/2008, 10:47 AM   #4
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Just be sure they can't climb into any intakes or cause mechanical/other issues.

Snails generally will be fine with corals - some hermits I've found climb and hassle corals, but a few are often fine in a tank.


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Old 01/12/2008, 10:47 AM   #5
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Why in the sump? Most left overs from the feeding of fish are in the tank.


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Old 01/12/2008, 10:50 AM   #6
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i was thinking the sump because i was worried they would not be compatable with corals--but if there's no issues i will keep them in the display--overall i was worried they would go hungry since i don't have any fish yet!


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Old 01/12/2008, 10:56 AM   #7
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No, they're perfectly compatible. And they are so light, their feet do not damage the corals. As an example, I have a damaged brain coral---fell off and lost tissue against the sand. A dedicated little dwarf blue hermit has been keeping that wound clean ever since and the coral is slowly showing signs of recovery.

You want: snails, including stomatellas, if you happen to have them, dove snails, another good hitchhiker, and nassarius [2 nassarius per 30 gal]; fighting conch if you're at least 50g---and no plate coral: chance of accidental damage there. Dwarf hermits. Micro brittle stars and/or bristleworms, about 1 per gallon, all in your tank. You CAN have a small urchin. The little white asterina stars are ok. BLack and white brittle stars are ok. Green serpent stars are not. Peppermint shrimp and cleaner shrimp are ok, ditto green mithrax crabs, but NO crab hitchhikers. Cucumbers are not [though often offered as part of cleanup crew: cuke nuke is a serious threat to your tank.] Just drop a little pellet food in while waiting for fish: their poo helps feed your sandbed and keep it strong.


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Old 01/12/2008, 11:03 AM   #8
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Old 01/12/2008, 12:03 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally posted by rick12
i was worried they would go hungry since i don't have any fish yet!
I hope you're not planning on them eating your fish

Just kidding


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Old 01/12/2008, 12:05 PM   #10
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You know how the saying goes...

A cleanup crew's work is never done.


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Old 01/12/2008, 02:00 PM   #11
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usually i just eat them, excellent snack.


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