who lives in a sump/spare tank

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  1. gerritmatton

    gerritmatton Astrea Snail

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    Hello guys,

    I have a 50 gallon tank (build it myself). Now under my tank I still had a rather big empty space and decided to build another small closed tank under it so I had a bigger watervolume for my tank, the water flows from my main tank into the smaller tank en than trough the canisterfilter back in the maintank. I was thinking what critter can I put in this completly closed tank, to help keep ik clean? Hermits? Snails? But you have to consider the tank is standing in a dark corner, which animal doesn't mind the darker conditions?

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  3. Nemo 22

    Nemo 22 Coral Banded Shrimp

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    snails dont mind darkness
     
  4. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I'd get hermits and snails. I doubt that they'll mind the dark too much.
     
  5. reef_guru

    reef_guru Humpback Whale

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    if its in the dark why would you put anything in it?
     
  6. Camilsky

    Camilsky Montipora Capricornis

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    Many reef janitors are nocturnal!
     
  7. Froc3

    Froc3 Fire Goby

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    My turbo snails only come out at night! Weird. It kind of sucks because they are orange spotted turbo snails and their shells actually look very nice! I was just pondering this same question. I want to put something into my sump to keep it clean between the baffles...
     
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  9. reef_guru

    reef_guru Humpback Whale

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    true calisky, but the sump! do you have snails and crabs in your sump, i dont. to much flow for critters to get lost, damaged ,sucked up, clog inlets, clog outlets, and so on. makes no sense to me. if anything make a refugium out of it.
     
  10. Camilsky

    Camilsky Montipora Capricornis

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    Hmm... You are right guru! All these tiny buggers can easily make your life difficult when placed in the sump.
     
  11. dragonflylures

    dragonflylures Flamingo Tongue

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    I have a sump/fuge that I just call a sump but I suppose it's actually a refugium. I have a turbo snail, a hermit crab and 2 really small peppermint shrimp in it with a ball of cheato and some substrate/live rock in it. It's a mini tank with a light on it. Kind of my second tank and I do feed them a bit every 2 days. Just something cool to look at as feather dusters have bloomed like crazy in there.
     
  12. reef_guru

    reef_guru Humpback Whale

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    a refugium shouldnt have any livestock other than micro animals