Clean-up crew

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  1. Peanut

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    Hi guys

    I am starting to plan for a clean-up crew for my 24 gallon Nano cube tank.

    Temp is running between 25 - 27 average.

    Over week-end LFS tested water and indicated all good.

    1. What suggestions do you guys have for a clean-up crew?

    2. When would you recommend I look at corals / anenomies, etc?

    We looking at a combination tank, of invertibras, Corals and fish.

    Cheers
     
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  3. Mtroboer

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    How long has the tank been running?
     
  4. Peanut

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    Coming up for three weeks.

    I am thinking of adding crew after 4 weeks.

    Doing research on crew now and how much they will cost me.
     
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    id let it run in a while still, slow is good especially with cycles:)
     
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    I know this sound like a long time- but as they say: In reefkeeping only bad things happen fast! :biggrin:
     
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    Also remember to add your lifestock over a period of time to give the bio filtration time to adapt accordingly- especially in a nano!
     
  8. Puppy

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    Strange Peanut after 3 weeks of cycling, most tanks should show some signs of nitrite and nitrate by now.Not sure what your LFS tested but make sure they tested for Ammonia,No2 and No3.
     
  9. Peanut

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    Thanks so far.

    I am going to force myself to be patient.

    Hubby and myself are finding this journey very exciting. Everyday now we are seeing new stuff happening in our tank. We are noticing the live rock starting to come "alive". Lots of small things starting to grow on them, air bubbles starting to form off the rocks. Even seen a little worm or two on the rocks.

    A couple of minature feather like things growing.

    :thumbup:
     
  10. Peanut

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    Maybe I should look at testing kit / kits and do this myself.

    Advise on what kit / kits to buy would be great.

    Tx:slayer:
     
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    Seeing that you're in Gautengaleng, talk to Lanzo from Dori's Pets about the test kits, he has some good quality ones ;)
     
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    thanks tobes

    i have about 25 turbo snails left and 5 banded bristle stars if your looking for a clean up crew]

    if your water is right
     
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    hermit crabs are cool as clean up crew. They provide me endless entertainment, the climb all over the rock and wonder across the whole tank, and they quite hardy. I have some yellow banded hermits, have not been able to find the blue legged guys in jhb.
     
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    the hermits we get locally are hectic fun:) i had one that used to do laps around the tank and on every lap flip any hermit it came across then go for another lap. I find them hiding in really odd places though
     
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    Tropic Marin have an expert test kit. For a new tank, it will have the equipment to test the main parameters, kH, pH, Nitrite, Nitrate, Ammonia. Besides the test kit, get a thermometer for your tank, these are pretty cheap. And a bit expensive, but definitely needed is a good refractometer to check sg (salinity). I think those are fine for now - when you start with corals you will need a few other kits.
     
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    I was considering adding some Turbo Snails to my DT to assist with Cleaning algea off the glass. I read as many of the threads on this as I could but did'nt see anything specific on Pro's and Con's or Do's and Don'ts

    My current Cleanup Crew, all in the DT are :-
    2 x Cleaner Shrimp
    1 x Brittle Star
    1 x Boxing Shrimp
    1 x Small Blue Lobster (I know he will be a bugger when he gets big, I have a plan!)
    2 x Long Spine Urchins
    1 x Dancing Shrimp

    I have many LPS and Softies + a Clam in my sytem as per the below link on my setup. Would the turbos be a good addition or shall i Just leave the glass cleaning to human efforts.

    I also plan on putting some local Hermits into my Sump to do some cleaning their. I will not be putting them into my DT they are just too naughty:p.
     
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    Ive heard that the T snails are excellent for cleaning up,but that they **** alot.So they clean up the ****,then they **** alot and then you clean up alot of ****.:rofl:.But then again I dont have any so I could have heard wrong;)
     
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    Dont mind if the *** a lot

    I don't mind if they Poop a lot as long as they clean the glass. The rest of my cleaning crew can take care of the Turbo Snail mess can't they ?
     
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    I dont know if the others will eat their poop.Yuk:puke:Besides,who would clean up the cleaner uperers then
     
  20. Peanut

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    Quick question here.

    I now have the following clean up crew:

    1 x hermit crab (blue leg)
    2 x turbo snail
    1 x blue cheek goby
    1 x scooter goby

    The two goby's are happily eating / filtering sand and I supplement daily with frozen food.

    Turbo snails and hermit crab cleaning algea very nicely.

    My concern is that all the algea that was on the back wall of my tank is now entirely clean and the snails are all over live rock, cleaning away.

    What happens if they run out of food? Do I maybe have too many cleaner uppers and this might lead them to starve?
     
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    How long are your lights on for?Do you have a scrubber?
     
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