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I've been looking at making an online purchase of my CUC since the prices are so much lower. Based off several different sites recommendations, I would be looking at about 350-400 snails and 100 small hermits. Maybe this is just me, but it seems absurd that I would need this many inverts in the tank. Am I being stupid or are the sites trying to boost sales? At 40 cents a crab and the such, we aren't talking about huge money, but it still seems insanely excessive to put that much in a 90gal tank. Please someone set me straight :;bb

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hey dave, not that I know too much, but that does sound like a ridiculous number. I have 6 snails currently working my 30 gallon tank. if and when I get more growth I might bump it to a dozen, but honestly these guys are doing a awesome job, i'm actually afraid they are out of food/algae to eat. I have 4 turbos that prob do about 6-8 circles around my tank and I have 2 Nerites. i'm guessing a number around 25-50 snails would suffice depending on how bad your tank needs them and a few hermits. But that's just a guess. you can always add more.
 

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The rule I learned was 1 nessarius snail per gallon (the small version) and 1 crab per 10 gallons .... I just buy the others as needed for algea
 

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David C said:
I've been looking at making an online purchase of my CUC since the prices are so much lower. Based off several different sites recommendations, I would be looking at about 350-400 snails and 100 small hermits. Maybe this is just me, but it seems absurd that I would need this many inverts in the tank. Am I being stupid or are the sites trying to boost sales? At 40 cents a crab and the such, we aren't talking about huge money, but it still seems insanely excessive to put that much in a 90gal tank. Please someone set me straight :;bb

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Yeah, that is way too many. 1-2 per 10 gallons sounds about right. Also note that the shipping and handilng is what gets you on the mail orders. Compare both costs before you decide to buy online.
 
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Thanks everyone, at least I don't feel crazy anymore. I figure since I have a DSB, ill go a little heavier with the nasserous (sp?) snails but at least your guys' recommendations are more on track with what I would *think* is reasonable.

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harpua2002 said:
Ceriths are also supposed to be good for sand sifting... at least, that's what I have read.
I thought they were algae snails? I could be wrong
 

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some good CUC and I seperated them to either they stay in sand or rocks, glass, etc.

Algae on rocks, glass:
hermits (prefer scarlets IMO)
astrea snails
mexican turbo snails
Tronchus snail
emerald crabs
lettuce nudibranches

Sand stirrers, diatoms, etc:
Tigertail Cucumber
Nassarius snails
Cerith Snails
Bumble bee snails
Sand shifting Stars (only if you have a real DSB and lots of food/junk)
 
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Nice break down ATP, thanks for the info.

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