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Old 03/28/2009, 03:33 PM   #1
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clean up crew calculator

Is there a calculator somewhere to order a clean up crew?


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Old 03/28/2009, 08:26 PM   #2
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Calculator's for cleanup crews are rarely accurate. What size tank do you have, what is your fish and invert list and what kind of cleaning up are you trying to obtain???


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Also, fwiw, I usually start with detritivore kits from Inland Aquatics and Indo Pacific Sea Farms to get the little things that mean a lot and reproduce in the tank.

www.ipsf.com

www.inlandaquatics.com

I am NOT a fan of hermit crabs as they kill and eat snails, then steal their shells. Crabs in general are omnivores and may eat many beneficial critters.


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Old 03/28/2009, 08:39 PM   #4
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Dave,

Tank size is a 110 with two fish, small yellow tang, and a perc. clown. I would say around 150-200 lbs of LR with a 4-5 in. DSB. I am looking for just general clean up. Algea on glass etc. Thanks, Chris


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Old 03/28/2009, 08:52 PM   #5
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Well, if you don't want the small stuff which isn't necessary but nice, you could go with about 6 turbo snails or trochus snails. They are both relatively long-lived and clean algae very well. The trochus snails cost a little more but are not as clutsy when it comes to knocking over corals. DSB will do well with some fighting conch and Nassarius snails. I would probably add about 50-75 small Nassarius or 25 large Nassarius snails. Maybe 2-3 fighting conch and a small cucumber or two would be a good start.

The good thing about kits from the two companies above is that many of the snails and worms reproduce and free detritivores that reproduce continually is a good thing

I like www.reeftopia.com and www.premiumaquatics.com for most of these cleanup crews. Main thing is don't overstock with cleaners as they will just starve to death if not sustained.


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Old 03/29/2009, 08:47 AM   #6
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Thank you for the information!


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Old 03/29/2009, 10:26 AM   #7
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How does this sound? I will order from reeftopia.

Snail Turbo (Astrae 12)

Nassarius Snail - 50

Sea Cucumber-2

Nerite Snail-6

They are out of conch's, is there anything else you would add to this list? If I get to $100 I believe it is free shipping. This is only around $70. I think I am going to order a little live sand to help seed mine. My DSB has lots of worms, but I figured it couldn't hurt to add more life.


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