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Re: Qt Cuc?
For the starfish, I would try sand sifting starfish, chocolate chip starfish, or even a red starfish. These are relatively easy starfish to care for; all need a nice sandbed to sift through and should be fine with your clowns and shrimp. Know that the chocolate chip starfish is carnivorous and will need to be removed if you want corals in the future. The choc. chip will also eat nassarius snails.
I LOVE my two scarlet skunk cleaner shrimp. Know you can only ever have two of them, but they are two of my favorite creatures to watch. You could also put two or three peppermint shrimp in there if you like shrimp. I think those two types are fun to watch and are aesthetically pleasing, while still being dutiful cleaners.
For snails, the larger Turbo snails are generally voracious algae eaters and may need to be fed if the algae supply is too low, so I wouldn't want more than 2 in a tank. However, for whatever reason they, as a general rule, haven't developed a way to right themselves if they fall over; they'll die if they do. The nassarius snails are pretty effective against the detritus and again will do well if the supply is sufficient. The key is to not have too many. Maybe one for every 3-4 gal.
I don't have any advice for crabs; I haven't owned any. I did not quarantine my shrimp/snails when adding them to my tank, I just drip acclimated them. I think that so long as they are actively moving around and seem reactive to you moving close to them, they should be fine. Maybe other forum members have had different experiences?
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