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The Right Critter for the Job

Posted on Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 at 2:11 pm by

As with most of the “cleaner” inhabitants we put in our tanks, they are not guaranteed to go to work. Often times, we add several different critters to keep our nuisances in check, and are often satisfied by their work, but on the flip side some of them avoid doing their job, like the plague.

However, the following species have been used with some degree of success

Tangs vs. Hair Algae
Peppermint Shrimp vs. Aptasia Anemone
Emerald Green Crabs vs. Green Bubble Algae
Tangs vs. Red Bubble Algae
Sixline Wrasse vs. Flatoworms
Tigertail or Yellow Cucumber vs. Cyano Algae
Asterea, Trochus, Cerith, & Nerite Snails vs. Detritus

These are the clean up crew that rarely disappoint. Make sure that they are compatible with the other inhabitants in your tank before you take the plunge and add them. Also, make sure that you only add as many critters as you truly need to prevent starvation. Research is the best way for success.

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