Your favoirte detritivores

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  1. suckafish

    suckafish Montipora Capricornis

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    So I have a lot of detritus, fish waste/ algae building up in my tank. My hermits, snails, and conches just arent doing the job. so i ask what is your guys favorite/ hardest working detritivores?

    my tank 55g DT about 75g overall system. And I have at least 15 hermits, maybe 20 snails (assorted variety) and 4 or 5 fighting conchs.
     
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  3. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Moved to inverts - please post on right boards - thanks.
     
  4. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Contact our sponsor Reef Cleaners. John will set you up with a great CUC.

    Cutting back on feeding and stocking level will do the most to alleviate this situation. Increased flow to suspend the detritus so that it can be removed from the display will. Siphoning out the detritus when changing water will be advantageous.

    Please give us what your stock is and how often and how much you feed.
    Also tell what filtration you are using.
     
  5. suckafish

    suckafish Montipora Capricornis

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    thats where I got my CUC I just asking what organisms work the best for your guys tanks

    All these things are being done.

    small clown, blenny, 10-15 hermits, 10-20 turbo snail, maybe 30 cyrith snails, 4-5 conchs, roughly 10 nass snails. filtration is a 30g sump with skimmer 5 red mangroves and a two handfuls of cheato. and after the "junk" gets mixed in the DT I run a pad filter over the outtake for no more then 6-12 hr before changing the pad media. I only feed less then half a myistis shrimp cube 3 times a week.

    Im just trying to see what organism works the best for others
     
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  6. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    Bristle worms work well for me.
     
  7. sostoudt

    sostoudt Giant Squid

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    snails and a urchins for me. sally light foots do a good job(but can become predators), so do emeralds(however they will stay in a very small area)..
     
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  9. suckafish

    suckafish Montipora Capricornis

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    what kind of urchins do you like
     
  10. vegastyle

    vegastyle Astrea Snail

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    Love my Sea Hare for algae cleanup
     
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    ChrisBs Purple Spiny Lobster

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    my sea cucmber (punk sausage) is by far the best cleaner i have ever had keeps my sand bed nice and white
     
  12. grinder37

    grinder37 Whip-Lash Squid

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    I like my bristle worms,got a bunch and they still give me the willies,but they're my favorite for detritus.