QUESTION OF THE DAY The MUST HAVE workers in your tank that really earn their keep!

Are you housing specific fish & inverts for the sole purpose of "working" in your tank?

  • Yes

    Votes: 715 90.2%
  • No

    Votes: 68 8.6%
  • Was unaware of working fish and inverts

    Votes: 10 1.3%

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Jan 11, 2014
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I voted no. Everyone has their job to do but I wouldn't get anything for the sole purpose of doing a job. I have a tang because I like tangs, not because they eat algae. Same goes for the goby, the snails, the hermits, the emerald crab. All of them. I think especially if you lead new people to this hobby to believe that getting something to handle something in a tank can lead to an animal that might not fair too well. Like getting a sand sifting goby to keep the sand clean. Well I hope they are also told that unless the sand is deep enough and the tank is mature enough, that goby can eat through the microbes in the sand pretty quickly and once he does, he can starve unless he is fed multiple times a day. Same with harliquin shrimp. They will take care of your asterina starfish but be prepaired to provide for their needs after the starfish are gone. Or a sea hare and the list could go on. I think we should get only those animals that we really like to have in our tank and consider the "job they do" as just an added bonus.


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Snails, peppermint shrimp, emerald and Sally Lightfoot crabs, bristleworms, pods, tubeworms, featherdusters, Medusa and spaghetti worms, and not forgetting the brittlestars
all make up the clean up crew. They work and play hard (hence the baby peppermints popping up!)

Salty Lemon

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Peoria, AZ
Would love to.....any recommendations for green hair algae eaters in a nano?
Blennies and lots of snails help take care of mine. When I start growing gha on my powerhead connectors/cords, I'll grab one or two snails, set them on it them, and it is gone in that area within 24 hours. But mine isn't a nano -- I have other, larger fish helping out as well. But my blenny is busy picking at the rocks.
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Is Reef Conservation/Stewardship a factor in your hobby decisions? (private poll)

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    Votes: 208 53.9%
  • Somewhat Imporatant

    Votes: 128 33.2%
  • Not Too Important

    Votes: 36 9.3%
  • Not Important At All

    Votes: 14 3.6%

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