Alternate clean up crew ideas?

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by rygh, Jun 11, 2014.

  1. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    So I used to have lots of snails. I even had Trochus spawn and breed.
    Now, they all seem to die quite quickly.
    All types, Cerith, Astrea, Trochus, and Turbos.
    Turbos seem to last a bit longer though.
    Snails do ok in the fuge, so I am pretty sure it is one of:
    1) Large brittle stars.
    2) Mystery Wrasse
    3) Cuban Hogfish

    Interestingly, my brittle stars are pretty much always hiding now as well,
    where before 2+3, they used to be out quite a bit.

    Any thoughts on what could clean up film algae, and yet be wrasse-safe?
    Also, acrylic and reef safe.
  2. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    Sand sifting cucumbers and stars
  3. HiFidelity

    HiFidelity Guest

    5-6" serpent star & conch keep my sandbed white and a huge cowry (size of an egg) and 3 pepps all work on the rocks, I find myself not in an urgent hurry to replenish the usual CUC ever since I added all these bigger ones.
  4. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Appreciate the ideas.
    I am a bit nervous about a cucumber, but maybe.
    I had a conch, but it kept getting stuck in a few spots.
    Perhaps I should tweak the rock-scape, and try again.

    Now I just need to find them. Not all that common in LFS.
  5. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    I have 2 conchs and they do a great job. One I got from Reef Raft in Fremont and the other from Aquarium Concepts in Dublin.
  6. Spoon

    Spoon Guest

    Reef Raft just got a shipment in of Blue Leg and Trochus. They are also fully stocked with shrimp, Astrea, and Turbo.
  7. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Diamond goby for sand.
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  8. swk

    swk Guest

    Nassarius for sandbed maybe?

    Ever try nerites? They do a good job on my glass but do like to go on "walk about" up and over the tank rim, so if you're running a rimless setup it may be more of a pain then they're worth.

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  9. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    I think you're missing the point where his wrasses are eating and or harassing the snails tho. Diamond goby is way more efficient than nassarius as well
  10. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Hmm, Diamond Goby is a fun idea.

    I do have a couple of Nassarius, and they survive, but mostly just come out when I feed.
  11. Trying not to hijack, but do gobies (such as diamonds) disturb rock work at all? I've been considering getting one myself.

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  12. swk

    swk Guest

    The nassarius snails I get locally are roughly 1" in size. The small ones I've gotten from reef cleaners I can see getting snacked on, but not these.

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  13. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    They can cause rockslides depending on how deep your sand bed is and how sturdy your rock work is. They can pick up tiny chunks of rock and more commonly empty shells to help build there caved and cover the entrances, but they won't bother your rock work on purpose. If you have fairly heavy pieces stuck down into your sand pretty good or even resting all the way on the bottom of the tank you will be fine.
  14. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Cuban hogfish is pretty beefy... I used to have a 5-6" blue headed wrasse that picked up snails like that, and big hermits too, and then bashed them into rocks, and ate whatever came out!
  15. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Yeah, nassirius seem to stir the sand as a side effect of their active food hunting at opportune times instead of cleaning the sand constantly like its their job. It really takes a ton of them in a tank like yours to keep it totally stirred up. If you can get a nice healthy pair of diamonds they'd do the job.
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  16. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Neptune just posted today that they got in a fighting conch in case you were looking.

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