Ready for the cleanup crew?

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  1. griffen7777

    griffen7777 O. bimaculoides Registered

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    Hello all,
    I'm about 3 weeks into my initial cycle and I'm starting to see some green algae over most of my live rock and some darker algae on the PVC piping for the wet/dry inlet and outlet.
    I'm guessing that this is telling me I'm ready for some snails and other algea eaters?
    My live rock came with a few specimens like a couple of Brittle stars, crabs and 2 snails but I'm sure a 72g is going to need much more.
    So..... how many cleaner uppers should I get?

    It's been awesome to discover all the living things in and on my live rock, I seem to see something new each day.
     
  2. DHyslop

    DHyslop Architeuthis Supporter

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    If you're about three weeks in your ammonia and nitrite levels should probably be falling back to zero (if they haven't already), so this probably is a good time to introduce a clean-up crew.

    There's a lot of different kinds of snails out there and this is a great resource: Clean Up Crews

    The article touches a little upon different the different kinds of algae, too.

    Dan
     
  3. DrBatty

    DrBatty GPO Supporter

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    The article DHyslop posted for you is a good starter.
    In my personal experience, I have found Black Foot Trochus and Sea Hares as awesome algae eaters. You'll get a mixed response about sea hares on this site - I believe if they are harrassed they can release a mild toxin, which is obviously no good for an octo's natural curiousity. I had one sea hare in my 55 gallon tank and it was enough to do the trick, and i never had any problems.
    Trochus are fast buggers, too. I haven't had wonderful luck with margarita or astrea snails....trochus tend to be more expensive [usually by a couple bucks each], but I also find them to be the hardiest and the most efficient.
    As for the amount....I have a 55 gallon, and I've got 10 trochus and a couple astrea. They seem to work fine. So...maybe a few more for a 72 gallon?
     
  4. griffen7777

    griffen7777 O. bimaculoides Registered

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    I just checked my Ammonia level and it is indeed zero,
    things are happening just as it's stated in the article.....Yay!!
    I will introduce some snails real soon....probubly today.
    The green algae thats bloomed is quite lovely.
    The initial cycle seems to be happening sooner than expected. I guess time flies when your having fun.
    Thanks everybody!!
     

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