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Old 12-20-2007, 02:43 PM   #1
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how many critters in your clean up crew?


i just think it's amazing that people say i "need" 50 hermits, and 50 snails for my 50gal.... so how many do you have? your total gallons?

right now i have 10 blue legged hermits, about 5 unknown hermits, a peppermint shrip, and no snails. my tank is new so i'll add everything as i need them... i'm just wondering if i'll ever need to add as much as lfs guys claim.
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Old 12-20-2007, 02:45 PM   #2
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Simple answer is "no". People use way too many snails and hermits for their clean up crew and wonder why they have dead snails and hermits all the time - it's because they are starving to death! Unless you have a really big tank, or it's really dirty, start with a small crew and add as needed. I have 5 snails and 2 hermits for my 90 gallon tank and there seems to be a good equilibrium.
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Old 12-20-2007, 02:47 PM   #3
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Simple answer is "no". People use way too many snails and hermits for their clean up crew and wonder why they have dead snails and hermits all the time - it's because they are starving to death! Unless you have a really big tank, or it's really dirty, start with a small crew and add as needed. I have 5 snails and 2 hermits for my 90 gallon tank and there seems to be a good equilibrium.
i agree. start out small and if the tank isn't looking better over a week or two, add 50% more...I personally recommend staying away from hermit crabs but that's just my opinion.
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Old 12-20-2007, 03:20 PM   #4
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i have a 55gallon that is heavily stocked and fairly heavly feed - mixed reef...
and I have something like the following in it

say
5-10 tonga nassirius snails - in sand bed
10 narssisuris vibex ( they are really tiny) in sand bed

10 cerith sand bed during the day glass and rocks at night

5 astrea
5 margarita
5 bumblbee

and my fav fav fav snail - the Queen Conch

5-8 mexican hermits ( also called red legged)
2 cleaner shrimp
1 tuxedo urchin
1 nano serpant star

those are rough numbers I have added snails a few times since I started the tank for diversity and to account for mia or deaths. BUt I have added these over the last 18 months

I started with the vibex, astrea and hermits.

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Old 12-20-2007, 03:25 PM   #5
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no way.

When people recommend that you add a bunch of tank cleaners to deal with a problem that is the WRONG way to deal with it as it is a vicious cycle. its usually only people who are uninformed parroting back another silly rule of needing 1 per gallon or selling them that recommend this many

you have a nutrient export problem, you add more snails, they die and just make the problem worse

I keep astreas, ceriths and margaritas only. in my 225 less than 75 total and in my 90 I would guess 30. these totals go up and down as even with that few I have a vicious cycle going on. some starve then I end up needing more....I buy a few extra...repeat.......
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