What does your clean up crew consist of?
I use a variety of snails and 1 kind of crab.
Strombus Snails (Multiply like crazy in my tank)
a couple large Turbo Snails
The only crabs I keep are Emerald Crabs
I believe these crabs do a great job, without any negatives, like other crabs have.
Nerite and magarita snails, 1 lg brittle star, around a dozen blue legged hermits. 125 mixed reef going to 240 mixed reef soon.
Last edited by Saltgator; 01-06-2012 at 10:52 AM.
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240 Acrylic Mixed Reef ---- http://www.reef2reef.com/forums/larg...240-build.html
Mostly just turbos they clean the most and don't forget the best clean up crew yourself!
tiger tail cucumbers
flat rock crab
NEW YEARS RESOLUTION FOR 2013----- "DON'T DIE"
Astrea snails, scarlet reef hermits, brittle star, serpent star, linkia star, one emerald crab, coral banded shrimp, cleaner shrimp, one queen conch, one fighting conch, and a couple nassarius snails.
Red/ blue leg hermit
Just a couple Astrea
about 10 nassarius
1 cleaner shrimp
1 fire shrimp
One cleaner shrimp, blue leg hermits, and a sally lightfoot crab he is great so far
Many, many, many Astrea, Trochus, Turbo, Cerith, Nerite, Nassarius, Stomatella Varia (hitch-hikers!) snails
1 Tuxedo urchin
1 Fighting conch
3 Peppermint shrimps
1 Emerald crab
Scores of blue leg hermits
Several zebra striped leg hermits (ugly.. but long-lived and very busy little guys)
Several larger maroon leg hermits
Several scarlet hermits
Scores of micro shrimp lookin' amphipods that come out at night
Scores of copepods that come out at night
Bristle worms... many
Orange-lined sand-sifting goby
...and to a much lesser degree than I'd hoped, a Yellow Eye Kole Tang that is far more interested in bothering tank mates than grazing on the live rock
Astrea snails (a few),cerith snails (lots of them), 2 cucumbers, few nerite snails, red mithrax crab and hundreds of small blue leg hermits and a dozen or so scarlet hermits.
Nothing, really, anymore. I suppose my two tangs count, but that's it.
Marine tanks since 1989. Current tanks: 150g mixed reef, 110g FOWLR, 20g clown cube, 15g QT.
I never thought I'd be one to say that I have a minimal amount of hermits and snails. I last ordered of them a while ago. I no longer intend on getting anything more as I do most of that work on the tank and I just feel like the clean up crew clutters the tank. If I have any, it's because visitors like seeing them.
My 40Br Sumpless Mixed Reef (Updated 03-16-13): http://www.reef2reef.com/forums/member-tanks/52310-electrobes-sumpless-40br-22.html#post1258771 (Watch it in HD!)
Scarlet Reef Hermits
Blue Leg Hermits
Red Brittle Starfish
Marbled Fromia Starfish
It would probably be helpful to post your tank size as well!
I have a 65 gallon. CUC consists of
2 small scarlet hermit crabs
1 small emerald crab
1 astrea snail
2 small turbo snails
3 nassarius snails
2 tuxedo urchins
3 large black cucumbers
3 large serpent stars, several red brittles & numerous micros
trochus, nerite, cerith, nassarius snails
2 fighting conch
several chitons & a few limpets
2 large cleaner shrimp
astrea, cerith, nassarius snails
1 fighting conch
dozen red brittle stars and "a lot" of micro's
2 Nerites (cuz they are pretty)
3 Blue Leg hermits
3 Red Leg hermits