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Hi everyone! Tank's cycled, fuzzy algae growing on the rocks, pH 8.2 Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 10-20. I figure I'll be ok to add the cleanup crew in the next 2-3 weeks. I was going to order from IPSF and their 9 for $99 deal. I don't want to overload my tank right off the bat, so I was going to split the package with a friend. Any advice on which stuff I should go for that would be most beneficial to start with?

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Yep I would say you are ready,get whatever you like some like snails some like crabs some dont,I like them all a variety.:)
 

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bearpaw: the IPSF pack is good stuff! i'd suggest getting the live sand activator and/or wondermud as one of your choices. each kit comes with pods and worms (and some hermits or snails if i'm not mistaken). great value. i would also not get bristle worms. there's enough of them in the LSA.
 

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I would not split the 9 for 99 from IPSF. You will be just fine putting all of it in your reef tank! I would not get hermits as they kill your snails and are a nusiance to corals, etc.

I have lots of bristle worms which to me is one of the most beneficial critters of your infauna!!:)
 

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6 Baby Bristle Worms (captive-bred),
6 SandBed Clams (captive-bred),
6 Nerite Grazers,
6 Adult Strombus Grazers (captive-bred),
6 MicroHermits,
Reef Amphipods (20+ specimens),
Sand Activator (includes live sand, 6 Grazing snails, 6 MicroHermits and tiny worms)
N-Reducer
Long feather calerpa or wonder mud depending if you want macro algae in your tank.

All of this in a small tank is fine.
 

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Thanks for the advice! Will be ordering soon...
 

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i didn't mean to suggest that bristle worms are not beneficial for your tank. they definitely are. just wanted to say that when i ordered my kit a few years ago, there were quite a lot bristles in the LSA and wondermud already. if i had known that, i would have used the additional slot to order more of a variety of things.

additional observations: the sandbed clams don't seem to live long; the nerites will crawl out of your tank. the strombus grazers reproduce very well.

just sharing my experiences.
 
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