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CUC for nano barebottom (baby clownfish)

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hey all, just wondering what you would suggest for a small crew in my 10 gallon tank. Just rocks and mechanical. No sand. 2 baby/teen clownfish.
Thinking maybe just 2 trochus snails.. Any shrimp possibilities? Wouldn't mind another piece to look at but don't want to risk my babies being a nice snack.

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Stomatella snails are great and pose no threat to anything, they are the only snails I use and I have 3 bb tanks :). I doubt the regular small hermits would do any damage to your babies. I would use 2 small hermits and maybe 5-10 stomatella. Regular snails work too. I’d use 3 of any type of algae eating snail (my go to are astrea/margarita) and add more if you feel like algae is still a problem. Better to start under cuc and add more rather than have half your cuc starve :)
 
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I agree with just 1 or 2 snails, just not sure which ones dont prefer a sandbed. I'm unfamiliar with stomatella snails, but its between those, troch, or astrea as far as bb I assume.
It's a simple tank so I don't need anything crazy, not even hair algae problems. Just whatever they dont eat, and whatever I cant wipe off the glass/bottom. I don't usually prefer hermits, every tank I have ends up with 1 hermit and 1 large snail in the end..though that may be the perfect situation here. Hmm
Is a cleaner shrimp or fire etc an option as far as giving a little something to look at?
 

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I agree with just 1 or 2 snails, just not sure which ones dont prefer a sandbed. I'm unfamiliar with stomatella snails, but its between those, troch, or astrea as far as bb I assume.
It's a simple tank so I don't need anything crazy, not even hair algae problems. Just whatever they dont eat, and whatever I cant wipe off the glass/bottom. I don't usually prefer hermits, every tank I have ends up with 1 hermit and 1 large snail in the end..though that may be the perfect situation here. Hmm
Is a cleaner shrimp or fire etc an option as far as giving a little something to look at?
I had a fire shrimp with my very small clowns (>1”) but it was a 20 gallon tank with lots of rock. Everybody has been very happy so far :)
 
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I'll start with a couple snails and maybe add the shrimp in some time.. since there's more than 2 survivors this coming round guess it depends on if there is one available at the lfs or not..haha.
I appreciate the feedback
 
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Stomatella snail :) they often reproduce in my tank :) almost no shell so they canT get stuck on their back and can reach smaller crevices. I see them all over my glass at night.
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Interesting! Can I purchase them like a normal cuc?
 
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I’ve never seen them for sale, I’d be happy to ship you a few though!
Would definitely appreciate this. Pm me to discuss! do they reproduce quickly? I wouldnt mind adding them to other tanks in the future
 
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I have a 4 gallon with just rock flower nems and sexy shrimp. I would get more if they weren't so expensive..
Don't those urchins get a little large?
 

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