Diatom eaters

Discussion in 'Reef Fishes' started by Justin Boucher, Apr 21, 2004.

  1. Hello all,
    I'm waiting for my Nitrites to settle down as my LR cycles. It's been over
    a week even though it feels more like a month!!
    I'm getting the standard brown diatomic algae growing practically all over
    the place now (No lights are currently running yet) and I was hoping to get
    some diatomic algae eaters as a natural controling agent. Which I'll add
    once the tank finishes cycling. I just want to be prepared and ready to go.

    I've heard that the Astrea Tectum and A. Caelata snails are good choices.
    Long lived and hearty compared to the typical Turbo or Nerita snails. Is
    this true or does anyone have any other opinions? The Certhium Litteratum
    snail was also suggested from literature, but I don't know what to look for
    in regards to a common name. Can anyone point me in the right direction or
    have any more information on this snail?

    As for the other algaes that are sure to appear, I intend to add the
    appropriate natural consumers as the algae grows. So far, it's diatomic
    algae.

    Thank you,
    Justin
    240 FOWLR
    PS: I am open to starfish eventually. Any forseen conflicts with the snail
    algae cleaning crew and starfish?
     
    Justin Boucher, Apr 21, 2004
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  2. Justin Boucher

    Dinky Guest

    "Justin Boucher" <sorry@nospam.com> wrote in message
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    | PS: I am open to starfish eventually. Any forseen conflicts with
    the snail
    | algae cleaning crew and starfish?
    |
    |

    Just don't get a Chocolate Chip Star. I've discovered that thier
    dietary requirements are very hard to meet. (they seem to require
    something found only in sponges, which is a hard foodstuff to
    provide. Frozen Angel fish food has trace amounts, but doesn't seem
    to be enough) These things are not picky as to what they'll go after.
    Mine has eaten a Blue Tux urchin, every clam on my LR it could find,
    3 margarita snails, and a camel shrimp that it caught unawares.
     
    Dinky, Apr 22, 2004
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  3. Thanks for the info.
    I was thinking about the fancy serpent stars and brittle stars. Perhaps a
    linka or two as well.

    Justin

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    >
    > "Justin Boucher" <sorry@nospam.com> wrote in message
    > news:ReChc.30205$G_.16348@nwrddc02.gnilink.net...
    > | PS: I am open to starfish eventually. Any forseen conflicts with
    > the snail
    > | algae cleaning crew and starfish?
    > |
    > |
    >
    > Just don't get a Chocolate Chip Star. I've discovered that thier
    > dietary requirements are very hard to meet. (they seem to require
    > something found only in sponges, which is a hard foodstuff to
    > provide. Frozen Angel fish food has trace amounts, but doesn't seem
    > to be enough) These things are not picky as to what they'll go after.
    > Mine has eaten a Blue Tux urchin, every clam on my LR it could find,
    > 3 margarita snails, and a camel shrimp that it caught unawares.
    >
    >
     
    Justin Boucher, Apr 22, 2004
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  4. I have a green brittle star, and he doesnt appear to eat any algae, but
    rather likes meaty substances. I hand feed him every 2 days or so with
    either a big piece of krill, or a silverside cut in two with a feeder stick
    (read broom stick straw). Most of his time now adays is spent in one cave
    or another, but he does come out at night. My chocolate chip star spends
    most of his time behind the rockwork and only ocassionaly comes out. I
    tried to feed it krill when he was at the top of the tank, but he wanted
    nothing to do with it. If he ever comes to the surface again, Im going to
    pull him out and take him back to the LFS.

    Just get plenty of smaller snails. I had about 6 margarita snails in my 20
    gallon tank along with a couple puffers who made short order meals of the
    snails. The puffers were given to a friend and I restocked the tank with 5
    very large snails. Im sorry that I did this, because they poop a LOT! I
    also just broke down my nano tank and put it's inhabitants into this tank,
    which is about 2 margarita snails, 1 scarlet hermit, 5 or 6 "algae" snails
    (thats how they are listed at my LFS), a red footed moon snail and my
    clownfish. Overnight the tanks walls were incredibly clean of algae,
    whereas with the 5 jumbo snails, they would just sit most of the time and
    dont seem to want to constantly graze (so I guess in this case, smaller is
    better).

    I dont know the name of the snails that sift through the sandbed, but if you
    can find them get them. My snails dont seem to want to walk across the
    sandbed, so it can get a green tint to it until I do a cleaning of it with
    the gravel vac.

    If you get the green brittle star, then feed him, else he could turn totally
    agressive and start looking at your smaller fish as meals.


    "Justin Boucher" <sorry@nospam.com> wrote in message
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    > Thanks for the info.
    > I was thinking about the fancy serpent stars and brittle stars. Perhaps a
    > linka or two as well.
    >
    > Justin
    >
    > "Dinky" <vincentbillNOSPAM@hotmail.NOSPAM.com> wrote in message
    > news:yKDhc.6107$e4.3623@newsread2.news.pas.earthlink.net...
    > >
    > >
    > > "Justin Boucher" <sorry@nospam.com> wrote in message
    > > news:ReChc.30205$G_.16348@nwrddc02.gnilink.net...
    > > | PS: I am open to starfish eventually. Any forseen conflicts with
    > > the snail
    > > | algae cleaning crew and starfish?
    > > |
    > > |
    > >
    > > Just don't get a Chocolate Chip Star. I've discovered that thier
    > > dietary requirements are very hard to meet. (they seem to require
    > > something found only in sponges, which is a hard foodstuff to
    > > provide. Frozen Angel fish food has trace amounts, but doesn't seem
    > > to be enough) These things are not picky as to what they'll go after.
    > > Mine has eaten a Blue Tux urchin, every clam on my LR it could find,
    > > 3 margarita snails, and a camel shrimp that it caught unawares.
    > >
    > >

    >
    >
     
    GamePlayer No. 1058, Apr 22, 2004
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