View Full Version : Clean Up Crew

08-19-2014, 03:56 PM
Ok Gang I have a new 90 gallon on the go ill be stocking it soon, obviously i wont need a clean up crew right away but I should start planning this out.

1 Lawnmower Blenny (M 2"-3")
8 Astrea Snails
8 Nassarius Snails
1 Emerald Crab
10 Red Leg Hermit Crabs
1 Electric Blue Hermit Crab
Cleaner shrimp ?

I hear crabs are bad but if you keep them fed they are fine, Thoughts?

Reefer Rob
08-19-2014, 04:08 PM
I tried red leg hermit (or was it scarlet) crabs once. Cannibalistic little bastards!

08-19-2014, 04:09 PM
Turban snails and Cerith snails are good addition.

08-19-2014, 04:12 PM
Ok so that's one strike for crabs

I will google the Turban snails and Cerith snails

08-20-2014, 03:09 AM
As long as your tank is not too clean red leg hermits are fine.


08-20-2014, 03:52 AM
I can supply you with the Astrea snails if you're interested.

08-20-2014, 04:00 AM
Sure that would be great, I assume I should just have fish for a while then add the clean up crew later so they actually have something to eat

08-20-2014, 04:01 AM
Sure that would be great, I assume I should just have fish for a while then add the clean up crew later so they actually have something to eat

That depends if you start getting algae during your cycle.

08-20-2014, 04:02 AM
Basically if the algae comes then bring on the snails.

08-20-2014, 05:00 PM
I would go for scarlet hermits (yellow eye stalks) cerith snails and nasarius snails (spelling?) the scarlets stay small and work all the time and dont fight
the nasarius snail are a must as they eat detritus in the sand bed. if you are going bare bottom dont get them :idea:

08-20-2014, 05:19 PM
Thanks pink reef, a crab that doesnt grow would be nice then it wont go after the snails shells

08-22-2014, 02:06 PM
I would skip the crabs because crabs will try and kill the snails for food and their awesome shells IMO snails are more valuable !! If you're just starting up I'll definitely get a wide variety of snails and add them slowly or else they will starve to death.

08-22-2014, 04:37 PM
Ya looks like they could be trouble if they do not get fed well. Ill do the snails for sure and just run with that.

Thanks everyone!

So other than ocellaris clown fish what are some good fish to start off with?

I want colors! haha

08-22-2014, 04:51 PM
Everyone has their own preferences. I like Blue Chromis, they are hardy, cheap and school nicely, just make sure they are all close to the same size.


08-23-2014, 07:39 PM
Thanks I will check them out! Well I think I'll go get a couple fish today or tomorrow and get this tank started.

08-27-2014, 04:14 PM
Ok so tank is started and the rock is now starting to turn brown and i see a little algae on the glass, time for snails! I called around and i havent found any shops with the snails i want, what are my options here? Mail order snails?

08-27-2014, 05:11 PM
We have cerith ,Astraea and emerald crabs in stock :)

08-27-2014, 05:14 PM
Where are you located?

08-27-2014, 05:21 PM
Toronto :) I can ship them to you or you can get a group buy started and save on shipping fees


08-27-2014, 05:25 PM
Good to know! Looks like i can get them local but ill keep you in mind for corals! I want lps so Torches and frogspawn and maybe a hammer.

08-27-2014, 11:01 PM
Looking for clean up crew as well for 40 gallon tank. Snail is fine. From vancouver

07-27-2015, 05:34 PM
If your in Van hot up J&L Aquatics