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    Who's on Your Tank's Clean-Up Team?

    What kind of clean-up crew do you have in your tank? All tanks need ongoing human care and maintenance. However, we have many live friends who do a terrific job in helping us maintain a clean and healthy tank. Snails, crabs and shrimp can help rid the tank of fish waste, algae and uneaten food. Sand shifting sea stars and the tiger conch do a great job in cleaning a tank’s sand bed. Who is on your clean-up crew?

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    I have in my 13 1 tiger conch, 7 hermits, 2 cerith snails, and a brittle star. In my 45 I have the same but just more quantity.

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    I just got snails, shrimps and mini brittle stars. 😊

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    I got blue leg hermit, nassarius snails, mexican turbo snails, turbo snails, zebra snails, nerite snails, brittle stars, and emerald crab. And bristle worms if you count them as cleaning crews.
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    Thanks for your responses. In our aquaculture tanks with substrate, we use a combination of astraea snails, margarita snails, scarlet hermit crabs and small blue leg crabs. Scarlets are great consumers of tougher algae. However, blue leg crabs are able to get into spaces where nothing else can fit. We also keep one pair of fire shrimp per system. They offer a wide variety of benefits, but their real strength is that they are quick responders to large deposits of leftover food. They will consume the leftovers before the hermits or snails can reach them. We really like the color of the fire shrimp.


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