GHA .... Need advice

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Tank is a year old. 1 Snail, 1Emerald crab, 2 clowns (very small), 2 torches, and a small hammer. Steady parameters. Weekly water changes in my 40g tank. I have no sump or skimmer... Just the filter that hangs from side of tank...a powerhead...all has actually been great then recent gha outbreak. What can i do?
 
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I have 300+ assorted snails in my 75. Many are small, some larger and no crabs. At night my glass is covered with snails, when the lights start to ramp up they all go back into the sand or rocks. My sand is so clean, Just have some GHA on the rocks. When the GHA gets too long the snails won't touch it, I need to manually remove it. As the coraline algae start to grow over the rocks the GHA will subside. Some GHA is just part of the reef, keep it under control and don't let it grow too much.

EDIT: Yes Reefcleaners has the best assortment of snails.
 
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Thank you... I'm still figuring this out. Im going to grab some inverts today. That brings me to another issue. I have no quarantine tank. Are inverts able to be dipped or treated b4 i put in the tank.
 
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No, don't dip inverts. I find it hard to believe they have fish diseases on them. UNLESS they were in an infested holding tank. Something we don't know. I don't know if coral pests will hitch hike on them.

In order for the clean up crew to help maintain GHA it must be trimmed down as well. It's too bitter at the top. But a tuxedo urchin is an amazing grazer. 3 inches max size. And comes in beautiful colors. I love mine. He's awesome.

You can also use a turkey baster to get into low flow areas to aggravate detritus build up to get it out of the water before a water change.

GL! Tanks get multiple ugly phases.
 

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Tank is a year old. 1 Snail, 1Emerald crab, 2 clowns (very small), 2 torches, and a small hammer. Steady parameters. Weekly water changes in my 40g tank. I have no sump or skimmer... Just the filter that hangs from side of tank...a powerhead...all has actually been great then recent gha outbreak. What can i do?
Hello John. I have not seen an Emerald crab eat snails but I would not trust them. Plus I also heard the are only good if you have bubble algae, just what I hear on this site. Like I said you can have as many as 200 snails if they are small, reefcleaners.com are out of the Zig Zag Periwinkles which are about 1/8", Dwarf Ceriths are good maybe up to 40-60 of them only .17 cents each. I have no hermits left because they would climb and break branches off my branching Monti. I like Urchins but if your corals are not glued down they will move them.
 
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Update: Added a few snails and gha gone

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Great news. How many and what kind of snails? I just placed another order for 60 zigzag periwinkles, 40 dwarf ceriths, 5 cortez ceriths, 5 florida ceriths, 4 marginellas, 4 nerites, 5 ninja stars, 5 trochus radiatus, 2 turbans, and 6 virgin nerites. Most are small. Will get them tomorrow.
 
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Great news. How many and what kind of snails? I just placed another order for 60 zigzag periwinkles, 40 dwarf ceriths, 5 cortez ceriths, 5 florida ceriths, 4 marginellas, 4 nerites, 5 ninja stars, 5 trochus radiatus, 2 turbans, and 6 virgin nerites. Most are small. Will get them tomorrow.
I got a conch, 2x turbo snails, and a tongan nessarius.
 

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