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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-14-2013, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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Todays day 11 on my cycle and I was wondering during the cycle it is safe to say "I shouldnt add any CUC's yet?" I was wondering peoples ideas on this.

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Many say most inverts are more sensative,yet the cuc is usaully first addition.If you plan on keeping corals do yourself a favor and avoid hermit crabs.They generally are a pest .



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Many say most inverts are more sensative,yet the cuc is usaully first addition.If you plan on keeping corals do yourself a favor and avoid hermit crabs.They generally are a pest .
Yeah Id like to start the tank off with a CUC and polyps mushrooms and some soft corals then on to fish. Any advice on what kind of CUC to look into? What a CUC that doesnt hide, but shows it self..and are nice looking to see. What do the hermit crabs walk over the corals and the go into hiding?

I have 3 hermit crabs and there not moving much...there alive but really not moving.

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Snails or "safe " urchins make up an excellent CUC IMO.The hermits will just walk on corals,even hang out on some which bugs the daylights out them(they won't be open for lighting cycle).Most shrimp are excellent choices also.
I'll add to depend on ANYTHING to clean your tank better than you or your filter is a foolish notion.All living things create waste,and all algae eaters poop green(same algae in a different form).
I have snails ,urchinsand shrimp.Hermits are long gone.Emerald green crabs are ok I have one,but after that watch(research{thoroughly}) what you add to your tank.
Too many times the things that live the longest are the least desirable(if not chosen properly).



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Fully cycled add a CUC. Hermits do a good job but like CB stated they can become pests if you don't add empty shells for them. As they grow they will kill the snails to get their shell. S if you want hermits make sure you get a hand full of extra shells to toss into the tank.
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Fully cycled add a CUC. Hermits do a good job but like CB stated they can become pests if you don't add empty shells for them. As they grow they will kill the snails to get their shell. S if you want hermits make sure you get a hand full of extra shells to toss into the tank.

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Im finally going through the brown diatom phase.....It was some what bright brown color on the sandbed and dry rock, NOW it has lightened in color and now I have these little critters all over my tank. There White and small...Would that be the beneficial bacteria growing and taking place? Im wondering how soon I should do my first water change...Its been 23 days today. Maybe I should let the brown diatom clear away first, maybe do a test towards the end of this week? Id hate to do a water change and lose these little great guys. Any suggestions?

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Re: Clean up Crew

The white bugs are a type of pod, and a good sign.
No reason to do a water change unless your ready to end the cycle. If Ammonia and Nitrites are gone, then i'd do one.
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