what should i use for reef cleaners

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    mariobrothersleeve squirrel

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    I am new to the hobby, and have 3 hermit crabs, which have all molted already, what else will help me with a 14g? Im running 9lbs of LR, not wanting to tun any more with amount of room there is in this huge tank!
     
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    You will want to get some snails. Snails are essential for your clean up crew. Nassarius snails will help with the sand -- I'd get about a dozen of them. Astraea snails will help with the glass -- I'd get about 10 of them. Then you can get a handful of misc. snails like nerite and trochus snails if they are available.

    I also think a brittle or serpent star is a great addition to a CUC.
     
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    +1 Biff
     
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    Bifferwine,
    Do i need to introduce slowly with the snails? Do they mess with with inhabitants of the reef such as copepods? Will there always be enough algae to support them?
     
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    Smitty,
    What is a biff
     
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    You should slowly acclimate snails as you would any other critter. They will not mess with anything, they simply eat detritus and algae. If you get the right balance of snails then they will not run out of food. Also biff is short for bifferwine, one of our forum moderators. Good luck!
     
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    Smitty posted '+1 Biff' because he agreed with the information that Bifferwine gave you
     
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    mariobrothersleeve squirrel

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    I am also new to forums, sorry thought it may have stood 4 something. No disrespect, just ignorance :)
     
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    Best.comment.ever!

    "Biff' is short for "Bifferwine"

    Welcome to the site, everyone else has you covered!
     
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    Hello and welcome! Read through some of the threads, you'll get a hang of the forum. :)
     
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