Clean up Crew

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  1. caddy

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    Hi guys and girls.

    Im looking to get a clean up crew going in my tank now, but i wanna go and catch them myself just ads to all the fun and if you get them on our coastline?

    Thanks
     
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    Hi

    Get the Two Oceans book, a good start.

    My personal favorite is the dwarf cushion stars also like the local top-shell and nerita snails.
     
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    Thanks Len. I've got the book I'll have a look at it. Thanks for the start. Hopefully a couple more replies come to give me q bit of a range to choose from. Thanks
     
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    Hermits are plentiful in the rock pools... Just be sure it is a hermit in there, not a predator snail..

    The yellow tips, may appear dull, but they are great for smaller tanks. The blue eyes are good for bigger tanks, as they grow a bit bigger...
     
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    Do they eat the algae?
     
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    Not sure if they are supposed to, but mine does..:)

    Also, the yellow ring cowries can work, not too many though, they can clean your tank in no time!

    And then you can also considder a short spine urchin?
     
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    I caught a black and a purple short spine urchin and alot of blue eyed hermits at sodwana bay and they love algae. The long spine looks nice but they knock your corals over
     
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    Awesome part of a CUC, they clean so well and grow so big in no time at all! Nerita and top shells are cool too!
     
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    The short spines are gorgeous in a tank, and I've been wanting one since I saw my first one in a tank.... The rockwork do needs to be stable though, and the tank should be big enough. My nano is unfortunately too small. Might want to upgrade soon, just to get a green or purple one....
     
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    Ill see if i can find these these little critters tomorrow to start off with.
     
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    The pic you posted of the urchin, actually looks like the tuxedo... Known for carrying all sorts of things around in your tank :)

    The short spine urchin have a bit longer spines, and thicker... Cannot post pic now, on IPad....
     
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    That pic came out of the two oceans book. pg 235, Short Spined Urchin. (tripneustes gratila). Maybe the glare from the flash makes it look a bit differant?
     
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    It works thanks. I just googled it. it looks like you get more than one kind then. But i see the pic in the book you are talking about gessigie, thanks for showing me. I wouldnt of known the differance and found out the hard way.
     
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    No probs, both are great cuc's, but the tuxedo unfortunatley can rearrange loose stuff in your tank. It is rather amusing, but can be annoying at times...

    Not that the shortspine is innocent... Yor rockwork really needs to be solid. They can move small loose rocks in pursuit of food...

    Thus you really have to decide which of the two will be the lesser of the evils you can live with to your specific tank...
     
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