When to add a cleanup crew

Discussion in 'New To The Hobby' started by John Coleman, May 7, 2016.

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  1. John Coleman

    John Coleman Plankton

    Apr 29, 2016
    This is Day two and I have started the tank with a mixture of a wet live sand and a dry live sand and dry live rock....The water is all made from Coral Pro Salt and have it @ 1.025. I added a pinch of fish food like I had heard of doing every other day to establish a cycle. How hardy are the cleanup crews and when do I add them ? I am in no rush.... Just wondering if they'll help during initial start or not ( I've seen both ways on video). Also have the heater set at 79-80 deg F. I've also heard diff ideas on lighting times from 0 to 3 hrs p/d to to hinder algae growth. Just don't trust the pet stores or their water, live rock etc....If you saw their tanks around my area you wouldn't either !
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  3. Armydog

    Armydog Astrea Snail

    Apr 25, 2016
    Ankeny Iowa
    I would wait till after the cycle to add the cleanup crew imo.
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  4. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    I would only add a cuc after you begin to see some algae growth, typically 1.5-2 months in. You can add smaller hermits but snails need some algae growth to eat otherwise it's a slow starvation.
    As stated above and only after the cycle is complete.
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