Should I add clean up crew or fish first?

When Should I Introduce my Cleanup Crew? If you are cycling your saltwater aquarium with live rock (as most saltwater aquarists do) then you will want to add the cleanup crew right after the cycle is complete (before you add fish).

When can I add inverts to my reef tank?

When BOTH ammonia AND nitrites show zero, then you can safely slowly add fish, inverts and corals. Add any corals at least a month ( preferably 3 to 6 months) after you have these zero readings as most are sensitive to water quality and stability .

When can I add cleaner shrimp to my tank?

If it’s been less than 2 weeks, I’d wait on the Cleaner Shrimp. They’re very delicate and sensitive to swings water parameters. Let your cleaner crew establish itself for at least 2 weeks after you know that your cycle is complete and you should be good to go.

Do I need a clean up crew?

A cleanup crew (CUC) is a group of invertebrates that you add to your aquarium that help remove algae and detritus. A CUC is important because too much decaying matter in your aquarium can lead to ammonia, nitrate, and phosphate spikes which can poison your livestock or create an unseemly tank.

Does Brown algae mean my tank is cycled?

Almost every newly set up tank, during its cycling period, experiences a brown algae bloom. Even tanks with nothing but water and a layer of aragonite gravel will get it. Then if by magic, the brown algae begins to recede all by itself and is replaced by green algae.

Will clean up crew lower nitrates?

It seems so ironic that a clean-up crew can help keep your nitrates and phosphates down, but they are sensitive to high nitrates. I’m probably missing a few, but those are the big ones. A clean up crew is important, but hermit crabs don’t eat nitrates.

Will clean up crew eat diatoms?

These guys burrow into the sand during the day, and emerge at night to clean. They are able to keep the sand bed aerated while also directly consuming diatoms.

What do I add first to my saltwater tank?

Start With A Clean Up Crew

After you’ve cycled your saltwater aquarium you can start by adding a marine clean up crew. A clean up crew consists of crabs, snails, and other invertebrates that eat algae as well as leftover food. With their tiny claws, crabs, shrimps reach between rocks to pick up any leftover food.

How do you add a clean up crew to a reef tank?

What, when and how much clean up crew to add to your reef tank

Do cleaner shrimp need to be acclimated?

Yes! Cleaner shrimp are delicate creatures and you’ll want to acclimate them. The drip acclimation method is preferable and will take you about an hour to do. Slow acclimation is a must with these creatures, so you don’t want to skip this step or your shrimp could very easily die.

How do you acclimate clean up crew?

If you need to acclimate for hours, something’s up with your water, IMO….

  1. Float the bag in your tank to get the snail used to the temperature in your aquarium.
  2. Wait 15 minutes.
  3. Add contents to tank.

Will cleaner shrimp get rid of ICH?

Can cleaner shrimp or cleaner wrasses cure ich? No. BUT they can help. The goal of ever reef tank owner is to have a stable, balanced enclosed ecosystem.

How many cleaning crews make a gallon?

Though you can usually use 1 snail per gallon and 1 crab for every 4 gallons of tank water, the best is to combine all the shrimps, crabs, snails, urchins, etc. to create a balance. So, if you have a 20-gallon aquarium, do not think that adding either 20 snails or 5 crabs will help.

What clean-up crew eats detritus?

Detritus is non-living organic matter (like fish waste) that exists in every saltwater aquarium and is nearly impossible to remove without the assistance of clean-up crew workers. Sea cucumbers, snails, sea stars, shrimp, and conches are a few well-known inverts that will consume detritus in a reef tank.

Do turbo snails eat detritus?

I was very nervous keeping turbo’s into my system after my initial algae issues, as I’d heard they were PITA, but I’ve been very happy with them. They do a number on detritus and any GHA that’s trying to grow.

How can you tell if your tank is cycled?

During the fish tank cycling process, you should regularly test the water in your fish tank for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. When the tests started to show 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, and some nitrate then you can conclude that your fish tank is cycled.

Is algae good in a new aquarium?

Low quantities of beneficial bacteria in a new setup

Algae smothers plants, blocking light and depriving the plants of nutrients and CO2 passing over the leaves. In aquariums with large amounts of algae, the plants will eventually die.

Should I clean my tank while cycling?

Surprisingly, nope! Because your good bacteria live on the biological media, it needs to stay there. Sometimes you need to clean your filter to stop the ‘gunk’ from building up – when you do this, it’s best to only clean the sponge/foam or 25% of the ‘mechanical’ media.

Do copepods reduce nitrates?

Live rock also offers critters such as copepods, bristleworms, peanut worms and other great additions to your clean up crew, a perfect place to hide. All of these helpful hitch-hikers will help reduce the waste within your aquarium, which will help reduce nitrates.

What removes nitrates from aquarium?

Nitrate-adsorbing filter media and anaerobic denitrifying biofilters will remove dissolved nitrate, but they will do nothing to eliminate the cause of the problem. The simplest solution is a water change. When you remove a volume of water from your aquarium, you remove all the nitrate in that volume.

Does Live Rock lower nitrates?

Live rock basically acts as a better bio ball, great at removing Amonia and Nitrite but not that great at reducing Nitrate, that’s where the DSB, Skimmer and Fuge come in, along with water changes.

How many clean-up crew do I need?

As a general rule of thumb, use one clean-up crew member for every 3 gallons of water in a new tank and two clean-up crew members for every 3 gallons of water in an established tank. However, stocking levels can vary depending on the tank’s footprint and the tank inhabitants and bioload.

When should I put snails in my tank?

Adding Snails to Fish Tanks

What clean-up crew eats brown algae?

3 Black Devil Snails: Also known as Faunus ater, these snails burrow down into your gravel or other substrate and eat waste that has fallen into the cracks. Not only are they are excellent for keeping your substrate clean, they also eat hair algae and thick growths of brown algae.

How do you cycle a new saltwater tank?

One of the best ways to cycle any new saltwater aquarium is with live rock or live sand. Organisms and bacteria that live in and on the rock die when the rock is transported from the ocean to the dealer. Adding this rock back into the water triggers the nitrogen cycle when the dead organic matter starts decomposing.

How do you know when your saltwater tank is cycled?

Once you have a zero ammonia reading for 2-3 consecutive weeks, the tank is cycled and ready for more fish and other animals. To watch the process even closer, you can also monitor nitrite and nitrate levels as well as the ammonia. Just the same, you will need a couple more test kits and perform these tests weekly.

What order do you put fish in a tank?

Maintain Balance Before Adding Fish to a New Aquarium

Introduce just a few fish at first and wait a week or two before adding more to give the essential bacteria that filter the water time to grow. Test your aquarium water for ammonia and nitrite, and only add more fish if the levels are zero.

What is the best clean up crew for a marine tank?

The best clean-up crew for detritus in a saltwater reef aquarium are Nassarius snails, Hermit crabs, sand sifting starfish, and copepods. The snails and sand sifting starfish clean the sand bed, the Hermit crabs work your rocks, and the copepods populate every other nook and cranny of your tank.

How do you introduce snails to an aquarium?

To properly acclimate snails, you will need to slowly introduce them to your tank. This involves using the water in the bag they came in, and slowly replacing it with water from your tank. Going too quickly will cause them to stress out and they may not survive the transfer.

Are Trochus snails the best?

Film and hair algae, along with detritus and leftover food, are also eaten by Trochus. Because of their hardiness, longevity, and huge appetites, these are some of the best snails you can keep!